Mersing District Council sets up tourism business regulation system

Mersing District Council (MDM) has implemented a ‘Mersing Tourism Operation System’ (MeTOS) to improve the management of tourism activities in the district.

Council Chairman Mohd Norman Noh said use of the system – launched on May 1 – was a primary requirement for applications for water transport service licenses and mandatory for island-hopping operations.

He said there are three main modules, namely registration, online booking and payment, which must be completed by the applicant and confirmed by MDM, before the operator is allowed to conduct activities. .

“Only licensed operators can use this system, and the application must be submitted five days before any activity.

“This system also helps to manage the number and (types) of tourist activities in selected locations, in addition to recording the number of tourist arrivals and facilitating the tracking of island-hopping activities on the islands. of Mersing,” he said in a statement. statement.

Mohd Norman said MeTOS was developed by MDM in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) at Segamat.

He said the agreement was signed by former MDM President Norazmi Amir Hamzah and Rector of UiTM Johor branch Prof. Ismail Ahmad.

“I hope that all tourism agents and operators of tourist activities and tourist boats will cooperate to ensure that this system is implemented effectively,” said Mohd Norman, adding that scuba diving activities were still prohibited.

All diving activities were temporarily suspended after four foreign divers went missing in the waters of Pulau Tokong Sanggol, about nine nautical miles from Tanjung Leman, on April 6.

Three divers – Norwegian Kristine Grodem, 35, Englishman Adrian Peter Chesters, 46, and Frenchwoman Alexia Alexandra Molina, 18 – were found safe and sound while Dutch citizen Nathen Renze Chesters, 14, is believed to be died.

Mersing has five main islands, namely Pulau Sibu, Pulau Besar, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Aur and Pulau Pemanggil. — Bernama

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