TOURISM MINISTRY PROPOSED FOR MORE TOURISM DESTINATIONS TO REOPEN
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Nancy Shukri also said on Tuesday that the government would consider to reopen Genting Highlands, Melaka and Tioman Island for domestic travel, given the good response to the Langkawi travel bubble.
“We have allotted two weeks, so these destinations can get ready to operate again,” she said, adding that the proposal was for the tourism activities to resume by Oct 1.
The proposal would be brought to the special COVID-19 committee meeting on Wednesday, the minister said.
Langkawi in Kedah reopened to local tourists last Thursday in the country’s first domestic travel bubble. This came months after an interstate travel ban was imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Only fully vaccinated tourists were allowed to visit Langkawi, and in addition to this, all travellers aged seven and above must be tested for COVID-19 before departure.
Mdm Nancy added that the standard operating procedures used for the Langkawi pilot project would be further refined, and more destinations – not just islands – would be added for reopening.