Sarawak In Malaysia Tourism Restart Plan

Sarawak is preparing to welcome back tourism once sufficient numbers of the local population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

A large-scale vaccination programme started on 15th July with the intention of ensuring that more than 2,000 of Sarawak’s tourism and business events industry frontliners are fully vaccinated.

Sarawak has a four-stage plan for the reopening of the area to tourists. Completion of all of the stages depends on at least 80% of the local population being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Sarawak’s four-phase recovery roadmap includes the reopening of domestic travel activities by phase three and we have just entered phase two of the roadmap. Currently, Sarawak holds the highest record in the country with 71.4% of its adult population having been vaccinated with at least 1st dose, while 31% of the adult population has completed both doses. We anticipate entering phase three by the end of August where we aim to restart tourism and business events in Sarawak by the 4th quarter this year.”

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman ||Hamzah, Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Damai Beach, Sarawak, Malaysia credit Dan on flickr

Sarawak will be the first state in Malaysia to complete the industrial vaccination programme for tourism and business events partners. The project was led by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), Ministry of Health of Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) and Timberland Medical Centre.

Main picture press conference panel (from left): Andee Yeo – Sarawak Business Events Association (SBE), Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor – CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Amelia Roziman – Acting CEO, BESarawak, Mr. Hii Chang Kee – Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak (MTAC), Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah – Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, Suriya Charles Buas – Director of Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, Audry Wan Ullok – President of Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), Gracie Geikie – Chairwoman of Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS).

Clearwater Cave, Sarawak, Malaysia credit Bernard DUPONT on flickr

“The prospect of reopening Sarawak for tourism and business events is high. This is a timely development as the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) is implementing the COVID-19 Free Destination Programme which would enable main tourism and business events cities to reopen once the targeted herd immunity of 80% is achieved.” 

Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri

It is not yet clear what restrictions and requirements may be in place once Sarawak does reopen to tourism.

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