Extra holiday boon for Melaka tourism players

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

Extra holidayTraders and hawkers at the heart of this Malaysian historical city enjoyed brisk sales as domestic tourists flocked to the state to enjoy the five-day long holiday break. While most tourists have left Melaka and returned to their respective states since Sunday, some have stayed on to enjoy the extra holiday.

 
Many local tourists and tourism players were revelling in the additional holiday on Monday, after Prime Minister Najib Razak declared Sept 4 as a public holiday in appreciation of the outstanding achievements of the Malaysian contingent at the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

 
Renowned Clock Tower cendol operator Muhammad Kassim Ali, 35 said on usual Mondays, his business would be very quiet but today, he had worked hard shaving ice non-stop since 11am.

 
Kassim said his business, strategically located opposite the Clock Tower here, was passed on to him by his grandfather and he has been operating for 60 years.

 
He also hoped for more holidays like this as this would help boost his sales even on weekdays.

 
State Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) chairman Goh Hock Gin said there was no stark increase in occupancy rates on Monday as most local tourists have gone back to their respective states on Sunday.

 
“However, we have been enjoying good business with occupancy rates reaching almost 90 percent over the weekend.

 
“Although not many domestic tourists are extending their stay, but we do get a minimal amount of increase in check-ins, by 10 percent,” said Goh, who spoke on behalf of 150 budget hotel operators.

 
State MCA advisor Datuk Gan Tian Loo said in view of the five-day long holiday, a special permit through the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) for a special tourist night market last Thursday has benefitted some 300 hawkers and traders in Jonker Walk.

 
Gan said the public’s response was encouraging with traders expressing their delight over the extra income they earned through the six-hour night market sales from 6pm till 12am on Aug 31.

 
“We also recorded more than a million visitors to Jonker Walk over the five days from Thursday till Monday,” Gan said.

 
Entrepreneur Asyraf Azmi, 30 and girlfriend Camelia Dandan Satia, 20 from Kuala Lumpur were also seen enjoying the historical city before taking a rest and quenching their thirst with cendol and watermelon juice.

 
Asyraf said he easily spent RM300 on food, accommodation and transportation.

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