We fully support the call by Federal Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) which has asked local industry players to make early preparations ahead of the national recovery plan of entering the endemic phase.
This was stated by Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri who said the initial preparation works is important in terms of compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and new norms. This is also in line with the recent announcement by our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that the federal government will allow inter-state travel and will re-open tourist spots after the national vaccination rate reaches 90 percent.
The announcement is also a positive indication that our country’s tourism industry is on the road of recovery that is driven by domestic tourism activities. MOTAC also encourages Malaysian Families to make full use of the flexibility provided, adding that this was also an opportunity for tourism industry players to revive economic activities.
MOTAC also reminded all parties to render their full cooperation to ensure that the tourism and culture industry can move forward again. Thus, strong support from industry players is essential to ensure that the industry is back on track, in line with the Tourism Recovery Plan which was carefully compiled in July last year as a measure to revive the country's tourism industry and culture.
The Special Committee on Pandemic Management at national level has recently agreed to allow the opening of tourist destinations as well as inter-state travel when the vaccination rate of the adult population in the country reaches 90 percent.
In addition, the Prime Minister also announced that the operation of spas, wellness (health centres), and massage centres will also be allowed for customers and operators who have been fully vaccinated from 1 October.
Tourism centres and activities such as zoos, farms, aquariums, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, and forest parks will be allowed to operate in all phases of the National Recovery Plan effective Oct. 1 with all operators and visitors having completed their vaccinations.