Malaysia works its charm on returning tourists

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia is once again a top tourist destination with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, says Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture says tourist arrivals are increasing as there is no need to be quarantined, undergo additional Covid-19 PCR and RTK tests or take out Covid insurance -19.

“Our restaurant hours are also a little relaxed, so those are the factors that have encouraged travelers to our country,” she told media yesterday after chairing the #GoJalanLah campaign.

Nancy said Malaysia had seen around one million travelers arrive since April 1. The number meant the country had reached half of its Malaysia Truly Asia 2022 campaign target of two million tourist arrivals.

“In Singapore alone, we had received around 600,000 travellers.

“We are optimistic that these numbers will increase in other countries like Japan and India.

“Remember that to achieve our target of two million tourist arrivals to Malaysia, we must also empower our domestic tourism sector to ensure its inclusive contribution to the economy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” she added.

The #GoJalanLah campaign is a one-year collaborative advertising campaign between Tourism Malaysia and Firefly Airlines, which runs from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023.

It offers travelers airfare and accommodation discounts of up to 35%, starting at RM188.

Firefly chief executive Philip See said he was ready to support government initiatives to boost domestic tourism.

He added that the campaign covers flights from Subang Jaya to Penang, Alor Setar, Kuching and Johor Baru, among others.

“From next week, we will also resume flights to international destinations in the Southeast Asia region such as Singapore and Phuket.

“We hope this will also encourage more travelers from these countries to come to Malaysia,” he added.

During the campaign, the Firefly livery will be emblazoned with “Cuti-Cuti Malaysia” and Tourism Malaysia’s 50th anniversary celebration logo to encourage Malaysians to travel the country, in addition to displaying a QR code with more 68 travel destinations on its planes.