Tourism in Malaysia showing signs of healing

 Tuesday, November 16, 2021 


Over the past 20 months, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry in Malaysia has been working hard for resurrecting the tourism industry, and today, the results are clear for everyone to see.

The Langkawi travel bubble pilot programme beginning on Sept 16 was one of the most important moves made by the ministry, and thankfully, the programme turned a success.

It also initiatedrestarting interstate travel – which automatically restarted tourism activities in Malaysia, as well as restarting of outbound international travel for leisure.

From Nov 15, the Langkawi international travel bubble programme begins, which means that fully vaccinated tourists from overseas would be allowed to enter the island and holiday without any quarantine need.

More international bubble programmes are expected to be launched soon.

Travel operators are more than happy to welcome such initiatives, although some might still experience a hard time adapting to the changing environment.

The tourism industry made up 15.9% of Malaysia’s GDP (gross domestic product) in 2019.

Many travel agencies in Malaysia are still cash-strapped and not being able to resume their business. These companies need to have operating capital for restarting their operations.Travel industry operators in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Australia are lucky to receive special attention by their governments during these trying times. The same can be hoped for Malaysia.

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