Inter-state ban on travel signify zero business to tourism

Published on : Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) expects that there will be a new way to control the COVID spread other than carrying on with prohibiting cross-State travel.

The Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pic) has explained that this was due to the fact that tourism industry involved the people movement from one place to another.

“When there is no movement, it means there is no tourism and also no economic activities, so it also means no jobs and income for those who have been working in this industry.”

“Therefore, I hope for a meeting point which can balance health and the people’s well-being,” she said in a statement Sunday. After the declaration of Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, that allowing cross-district and cross-state travel would be thought about, if 70 to 80 per cent of the population had received the vaccine. Nancy said that she supported Dr. Noor Hisham’s view on curbing the spread of the viral infection.

“However, at the same time, I am worried that the statement could have a worse impact on the local tourism industry which has already been adversely affected for a year by the pandemic.”

“I am not only talking of its impact on the country’s economy, but also thinking about the livelihoods and survival of those in the local tourism industry,” she added.

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