The Malaysia Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is looking at the possibility of introducing travel bubbles with “green zone” countries.
Like tourist arrangements already in place in Thailand, this would not be a full re-opening of tourism. Instead it would focus on specific activities and organised groups. The focus on these tourists mean that greater control and monitoring is possible for a sector that is likely to provide a higher spend per head that the majority of tourists.
“The mechanisms being explored by the ministry include destination to destination or island tours in small groups specially for golf, diving, scuba, bird watching, hiking and caving activities.”
“The travel itineraries will first be approved by the authorities involved and travel arrangements will be made by licenced travel agency companies.”Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri. Minister Ministry of Tourism, arts and Culture.
The move comes on the back of reports that the Malaysian tourism sector has seen a fall in tourist arrivals of 78.6% during the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period last year. This has resulted in a fall of 81% in revenue from tourism so far in 2020.
Just 4,299,419 tourists entered Malaysia in the period January to September 2020. In 2019, more than 20.1 million tourists visited in the same period.
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