Matta president says Malaysia tourism will be hit hard, China suspending tour groups

Published on : Monday, January 27, 2020

Malaysia’s tourism industry is expected to run into losses of millions due to the deadly coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that has spread across China and abroad.



In the wake of the outbreak the Chinese government had temporarily suspended inbound and outbound group tours that has till now claimed the lives of 56 citizens and more than  2,000 has been affected in different parts of the world.


About the temporary suspension which will be effective tomorrow, the nation had been notified.

Matta thinks that the situation is contained that that it will last only for a short period, the Wuhan coronavirus will affect the national tourism industry. The repercussions will be severe as the global tourism industry will get affected.


Due to the quarantine policies imposed by China, the inbound and outbound tourism between Malaysia and China will be crippled. Travel to China was cautioned by the Malaysian holidaymakers.



China was the third biggest source of foreign tourists after Singapore and Indonesia from January to September.


To contain the spread of 2019-nCoV, China had ordered travel agencies to suspend sales of domestic and international tours.


From Friday, China’s Culture and Tourism Ministry had ordered travel agencies and tourism companies to stop selling tour packages.



During the start of the Lunar New Year holidays when millions of Chinese travel across the country and abroad the action came.


China’s General Office of Culture and Tourism Ministry issued notice over the cancellation of local and overseas tours.



The notice mentioned that all tour agents and online tour service providers were advised to cease operations of all tour products which will include flight tickets and hotel packages. To local and overseas tours the notice remained applicable.

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