Malaysian tourism industry expects more incentives

Published on : Monday, October 16, 2017

indexTour operators are expecting that the forthcoming Budget 2018 will show government’s inclination on the tourism industry as one of the key contributors to the economy of the country. They are keen to see rise in funding of incentives for tourism.

 

Uzaidi Udanis, Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association or Mita president informed that FMT promotion and marketing programs had become quite costly with decline in the value of the ringgit. He also criticized that the expenses of advertisements in foreign publications and creating billboards in foreign countries had become high-priced as a result of the exchange rates.

 

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Tan Kok Liang in the meantime planned that incentives would be granted for inbound tour operators till 2020.

 

He explained that this would ultimately assist to simplify the conditions for new or small companies. According to him, many of these companies are operated by Bumiputeras.

 

Tan simultaneously explained that he was anticipating funds for the training of practitioners in the industry.

 

“The aim is to raise professionalism, using the Malaysian Skills Certificate and Diploma as the standard of formal recognition for industry experts,” he said.

 

He appealed for financial and other incentives to support online marketing, explaining that the local companies required competing with “giant travel agents” that were controlling the cyber world.

 

Uzaidi confirmed that monetary incentives are crucial saying that it appears quite odd that tour companies would invest their money to promote the country.

 

 

Source:- Malaysian Tourism

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