Green light for state tourism, a boon to sector

KUALA LUMPUR: The green light for tourism activities within each state involving homestays and hotels for individuals who have been fully vaccinated under Phase Two and the subsequent phases of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) can benefit the tourism industry.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac), in a statement, today said homestay and hotel operators must ensure those entering their premises must show their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate stating that they had been fully vaccinated.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said Motac saw the announcement on the relaxation by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday as an early measure which could give relief to the industry players affected following the closure of the sector prior to this.

“The opening of the domestic tourism sector which is being implemented in stages depending on the phases is a boon to tourism operators in line with the Tourism Recovery Plan outlined by Motac,” she said in the statement.

At the same time, Motac also said the relaxation would be a boost to all quarters involved to reinvigorate the tourism, arts and culture sectors in the country.

According to Motac, the relaxation could also indirectly enhance the confidence of members of the public who had received full vaccination to support domestic tourism.

“Let us make use of the facilities given by continuing to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government.

“Motac urges the public who will begin tourism activities in the permitted areas to do so safely,” said the statement.

Muhyiddin yesterday announced several relaxations including state tourism activities within the same state for their residents involving homestays and hotels under Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan and beyond, effective August 10 (tomorrow). – Bernama