MOTAC proposes to reactivate tourist activities in phases

PUTRAJAYA (July 22): The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) is proposing to the National Security Council (NSC) to reactivate tourism activities in phases.

The proposal has four levels, level 1 allowing travel and tourism activities within the district, level 2 allowing inter-district travel and tourism, level 3 (interstate travel and tourism) and level 4 (international trips / incoming tourists).

MOTAC, in a statement released today on its efforts to help the tourism sector affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, said it has also implemented several initiatives to help ease the burden on the industry. tourism.

These include relaxation of complex issues under the Tourism Industry Act 1992 (Act 482), such as a 40% compound payment discount for all licensed tour operators and tour guides. , aggravated by MOTAC before December 30, 2021.

Another initiative is the exemption from license fees for tour operators and tour guides licensed under Law 482, and the relaxation of licensing requirements for tour operators, such as leasing business premises through sharing. office spaces until December 31, 2021.

MOTAC said it has also prepared a framework to revive the tourism sector in three phases in line with the national stimulus plan to help the government accelerate the vaccination program and then make the Covid-19 free destination program a success. .

For the first phase, he said Langkawi and Kuching had been selected as pilot travel destinations for the Covid-19 free destinations program.

For the second phase, the program will be expanded to other popular resort islands, such as Redang, Perhentian, Pangkor and Tioman, as well as other main attractions in various states such as Johor, Melaka, Penang and Sabah, while the third phase involves other main destinations.

“Therefore, the program includes efforts to increase the immunization capacity of the local population,” he said, adding that MOTAC is working closely with the Covid-19 Vaccination Working Group ( CITF) to use existing public vaccination centers (PPVs) to speed up the vaccination program for frontline tourists.

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