KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has expressed support for the efforts of the federal Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s (Motac), which is looking into the possibility of allowing interstate tourism.
“According to the federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, this matter is being discussed and will be announced soon.
“This move is important and welcomed in order to accelerate the recovery of the country’s tourism industry, which has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 21).
He expressed gratitude that thus far, the government has allowed intrastate tourism activities for states under Phase 2 and above of the National Recovery Plan for fully vaccinated persons.
“The local community has responded well to the domestic tourism bubble pilot project to Langkawi Island, Kedah, which started on Sept 16,” he noted.
Earlier, Nancy said that the government was looking into allowing interstate tourism to boost the country’s tourism activities, explaining that they were aware that intrastate tourism could not be solely depended upon to support the recovery of the tourism industry.
She said this when responding to a supplementary question posed during the oral question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.