Civil servants from all over Malaysia will soon be able to benefit from special rates for domestic tour packages. These rates will be provided by authorities at Tourism Malaysia.
Information About the Packages
According to M. Yoganthiran, the deputy director of Tourism Malaysia’s operations in the northern region, these packages will include both tours and accommodation.
Speaking to reporters at a hotel in Ipoh on Wednesday, Yoganthiran said, “We are waiting for the interstate travel ban to be lifted because the packages we promoted have received (a) good response from the public. Many have booked the packages beforehand, and we are predicting the domestic tourism sector will bounce back once interstate travel is allowed.”
Yoganthiran also mentioned that these travel packages can be obtained online on the Tourism Malaysia website. He went on to say that these packages were frequently advertised on television, radio, and social media. Some of these packages offered discounts of up to 70%. The promotions abide by the travel restrictions which have been imposed by the government. These restrictions are a primary element of the ongoing Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
Tourism Malaysia has held several activities to advertise these packages. In addition, media members and well-known bloggers have been invited to promote domestic tourism.
Tourism in the Northern Region
Yoganthiran added that despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on tourism, he expected circumstances to soon begin to improve. He was particularly optimistic about the tourism prospects of the northern region in which he works. “We will be meeting tourism players from Penang, Perak, Kedah, and Perlis to discuss the possibility of creating more interesting tourism packages as well as other tourism-related issues,” he said.
“Now that we have our northern region office, we will be able to create more tourism products that involve all four northern states,” Yoganthiran added. “Right now, we are working on packages that involve all four states such as a package where tourists will get to stay in Penang for two days and then in Perak for another two days.”
Among the states in Malaysia’s northern region, Perak has been especially proactive in marketing itself as a tourism destination. The state government has made use of social media campaigns and hashtags to draw tourists to the state. It has also been launching a variety of products intended to increase the influx of tourists to Perak.
In January, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, a member of the Perak State Executive Council and chairperson of the state tourism committee, said that around five million domestic tourists can be expected to visit Perak this year. Such a figure would represent a remarkable post-pandemic revival of the state’s appeal as a tourist destination.
1st April 2021 15:05
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