Domestic tourism experiencing a major boom

 Tuesday, December 14, 2021 


In domestic tourism, Malaysia is experiencing a major boom in spite of the fright of Omicron as the long year-end school holiday starts.

Uzaidi Udanis, the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association president, explained that the concerns about Omicron variant didn’t quite upset the revival of the industry with no major booking cancellations recorded.

“Everyone (businesses and the public) is being cautious about the Omicron variant, but we have learnt a lot since last year and Malaysians know better on how to protect themselves.”

“Malaysia is one of the most vaccinated countries against Covid-19, thanks to the government’s efforts, which played a role in reviving the tourism industry as people are more willing to travel now.”

“There are still a high number of bookings. Many hotels and accommodations in Selangor and premium hotels in Langkawi, for instance, have been fully booked this month,” he told the New Straits Times.

He mentioned that as there were six daily flights between Changi Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, rush of tourists from Singapore was expected under the vaccinated travel lane scheme, from which they could travel onward to local destinations.

He also explained that the challenges was that some hotels and local businesses related to food and beverage, housekeeping in hospitality, could not operate at full capacity due to shortage of manpower.

“Job cuts and the ‘Great Resignation’ hit the industry during the pandemic, but we are prepared for this problem compared with having no business at all during the lockdown.”

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