• December 1, 2021

Vacay Soon? The Government Is Reportedly Mulling Allowing Interstate Tourism

Last week, travel-starved Malaysians took the first flight out to Pulau Langkawi when the government announced that the holiday island will be opened to tourists as part of a pilot travel bubble programme.

The government has recently deemed the programme a success, and now, they are reportedly looking at opening more tourist destinations soon.

More tourist destinations opening soon?

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri told Malay Mail that the government is currently discussing the possibility of allowing Malaysians to travel interstate for tourism purposes.

Nancy said the move was to accelerate the recovery of the country’s tourism industry that was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision on this will be announced soon, Nancy added.

“So far, besides Langkawi, we only allow intrastate tourism and we are aware that we cannot depend solely on this to assist the recovery of the tourism industry.

“Therefore, we are looking into allowing interstate tourism to boost the country’s tourism activities,” she was quoted as saying.

According to Nancy, the government has identified several tourist destinations for this purpose, among them Genting Highlands and Fraser’s Hill.

On top of that, she also added that after the success of the Langkawi travel bubble programme, other tourist islands such as Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Redang and Pulau Tioman are expected to be opened to tourists soon.

As long as all the relevant SOPs are in place and Malaysians know how to take care of themselves, hey; we’re all for opening up more tourist destinations.

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