KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 2020: Locations which offer natural attractions such as islands, beaches, highlands and forests are Malaysia’s new main tourist destinations.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri told the parliament today that the average occupancy rate at hotels and resorts which offer such attractions has been most encouraging as the country tries to revive its tourism industry.
Nancy said domestic tourism during the current Covid-19 recovery process which started on June 10 has shown encouraging development.
She said 180,000 flight passenger seats were sold between June 10 and 28 through domestic travel promotions by AirAsia.
Nancy, who was answering a question from Yamani Hafez Musa (BN-Sipitang) on the government’s ongoing domestic tourism campaign said the trend for accommodation has also showed an increase over the past weeks.
She attributed the positive development to initiatives by domestic tourism industry players which offered special travel packages with attractive promotion prices.
In reply to a supplementary question from Ahmad Hassan (Warisan-Papar), Nancy said the RM90 million allocation for Visit Malaysia 2020 which was cancelled in March will be kept for the next similar campaign.