Work with other players

Nancy speaking to reporters. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

SIMUNJAN: Homestay operators are advised to work with various other players in the tourism industry to revitalise it.

Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri told them cooperation was important to promote places of interest as the industry had been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There must be cooperation between homestay operators and other tourism industry players such as tour guides, travel agents, handicrafts operators and others.

“This collaborative effort can improve incomes and the economy through attractive packages such as homestay packages,” she told reporters after launching the Community Development Programme at Dewan Mesra Simunjan today.

Nancy pointed out that it was also important for homestay operators to work together with the other villagers to promote their homestays.

“The incomes of these homestay operators are severely affected by the Covid-19 this year.

“The situation in Peninsular Malaysia is different. For instance in Terengganu, the homestay operators can still operate due to the various unique tourism activities such as diving, snorkelling and island visits,” she said.

Nancy also urged all associations and the homestay operators to have discussions with Motac as part of the effort to revive their businesses.