Relief for tourism industry players

MIRI: The unveiling of the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) on Friday by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to help jumpstart the country’s economy was lauded by tourism industry players.

Penjana comprises 40 initiatives to help accelerate the development of the national economy post Covid-19.

An inbound tour operator for the northern region, including to the highland area, who wished to remain anonymous, said that since March 18 she has had zero income.

Hence, Penjana would help her and other tourism players on the road to the recovery post Covid-19, she opined when contacted by the New Sarawak Tribune.

“All trips to this region, since the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) and subsequently the conditional movement control order (CMCO) had been cancelled,” she said.

With the announcement of Penjana by the prime minister, she and others industry players heaved a huge sigh of relief.

“Can you imagine our situation when the first CMO was enforced? We have no income at all,” she said.

Sharing similar sentiments was an hotelier who only wished to be known as Teo.

“Hotels, airlines and tour operators are among those in the industry that were hit the hardest due to the outbreak,” he said.