Special grant for tourism agents lauded

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The move by the federal government to provide a special one-off grant of between RM3,000 and 5,000 to tourism agents under the Pemerkasa programme was lauded by a state minister.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the initiative will help industry players to persevere amid the economic slump.

“The assistance will help alleviate their (tourism agents) burden as well as support the recovery of the tourism sector which has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Abdul Karim said the assistance is also on top of the one-off cash assistance to homestay operators which are registered with the federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac).

He said the Pemerkasa programme, worth RM20 billion in total, is focusing on twenty strategic initiatives to stimulate the economy.

Meanwhile, he also lauded the federal government’s initiative to extend the special discount on electricity bills of 10 percent for another three months until June 30 to help cash flow and reduce business costs borne by tourism operators.

“These involve hotels, theme parks, convention centres, shopping malls, airline offices, local as well as travel and tourism agencies. With the extension of the discount period, the government will incur costs amounting to RM135 million,” he said.