In a report at New Straits Times digital portal in 12th August state Local travelers are still cautious due to high Covid-19 cases.
Several days into the relaxation of restrictions in the social sector for states under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan, people are still cautious in resuming tourism activities due to the high number of Covid-19 cases.
Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said although there had been an increase in the number of advanced bookings for rooms, the general sentiment from local travelers was underwhelming. He said this could be due to the high number of Covid-19 cases recorded recently.
“We believe the public are still being cautious. The industry is also reliant on the main source market involving travelers from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, which at the moment is still restricted in Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP),” he said when contacted on Thursday 12th August.
Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said he had high hopes for domestic tourism to recover following the lifting of the inter-district travel ban. He said, with domestic travel having proven the ability to sustain industry players’ businesses last year, the government should have a clear roadmap in steering the sector forward.
“The tourism industry had just started to pick up the paces when the ban on interstate and inter-district travel was lifted temporarily in late 2020. At the time, it was proven that domestic travel could serve as a lifeline for tourism players to sustain their businesses.
“However, with the current spike in Covid-19 cases and with more virulent variants detected, it is best if the government could come up with a more detailed roadmap for the industry players such as establishing a safe and secure travel corridors in these states (under Phase 2 and above) for domestic travelers,” he said.