Tour OperatorsMATTA in talks with key stakeholders to plan road to recovery

Malaysia keeps fingers crossed for stimulus package

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Malaysia says it will be ready when Chinese tourists return.
Malaysia says it will be ready when Chinese tourists return. Photo Credit: MosayMay/GettyImages

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has wasted no time in preparing for life after the coronavirus outbreak.

Other measures include marketing efforts to correct any mistaken impression that Malaysia is not safe; to encourage cross border tourism, and to ease the visa requirement, especially for Indian tourists, to cover the shortfall of tourists from China.– MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang

High level meetings with stakeholders from the public and private stakeholders have resulted in the outline of a road map to recovery.

Measures being pursued included an increase in marketing and promotion aimed at domestic and inbound tourists,  easing of restrictions on matching grants for tourism enterprises, and a review of the tourism tax, TTX.

MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said, “Other measures include marketing efforts to correct any mistaken impression that Malaysia is not safe; to encourage cross border tourism, and to ease the visa requirement, especially for Indian tourists, to cover the shortfall of tourists from China.”

The Malaysian government is in the process of planning a stimulus package to offset the impact of coronavirus on the country’s economy and has signalled upcoming talks with the ministry of tourism, arts and culture.

Mr Tan added, “MATTA is hopeful that the economic stimulus package to be announced soon will far exceed the RM8.1 billion (US$1.96bn) growth plan rolled out in 2003 to help Malaysians mitigate the impact of the SARS outbreak.”

An unexpected drop in tourist arrivals could affect Visit Malaysia Year 2020. The government’s target for tourist arrivals is 30 million (2018: 25.8 million), with 3.2 million targeted arrivals from China.

The tourism industry contributed 15.2% to Malaysia’s GDP in 2018.

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