The Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents has commended Putrajaya’s decision to not impose a total lockdown on the nation’s economic sector.
“The tourism sector is still a long way off from recovery and will not fully begin the recovery process until borders, both domestic and international, are re-opened,” said Nigel Wong, Honorary Secretary General of MATTA.
“MATTA has been calling for the government to come up with a tourism recovery roadmap. No one can foretell the future but such a guideline will help the industry make strategic plans and preparations and align their recovery efforts to that of the government.
“MATTA along with some of its key national and most influential partners such as the Malaysian Hotel Association (MAH) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) will continue to work closely with and
support the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) and its related agencies, and other government departments to re imagine and re-empower the local tourism industry in preparation for the future,” he added.
Research by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia showed 239 million visitors traveled within the country in 2019, an increase of 8.1 percent compared to 2018. RM 103.2 billion was spent by domestic visitors with an annual growth rate of 11.5 percent.
“The domestic travel bubble like many similar initiatives around the world is simply a mechanism designed to enforce the necessary SOPs on travelers and tourism operators. Action must be taken on passengers or operators if found guilty of intentionally ignoring or violating the SOPs,” he said referring to the recent Genting incident.