MAH Kedah / Perlis Langkawi Tourism Recovery proposalV. Sivaji | July 21, 2021 | 0 | Hotels , Live , Spotlight , Travel , Travel Buzz
Langkawi may become the second holiday destination to open up for tourism after Phuket in this part of the world.
Although the re-opening might be only for local tourism now, it will surely be in the right direction to revive the industry.
Following a virtual meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Nancy Shukri recently, the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH Kedah/Perlis) had presented their proposals on re-opening Langkawi to tourists.
MAH Kedah/Perlis chairman, Eugene Dass said that the re-opening will place utmost importance on the safety and the well-being of the visitors.
As such, strict standard operating procedures (SOP) will be implemented.
Among the proposals which has been presented are :-
1) Clean and Safe Certification by Bureau Veritas to boost confidence of travellers/visitors
2) Strict Implementation of SOPs for all
3) Allow those with two jabs of vaccinations to dine in and stay in hotels with immediate effect
4) Those with a double dose of vaccination to be allowed local travel from identified green bubble locations.
At their level, they suggest all stakeholders to design attractive promotions in preparation for Langkawi’s reopening.
“We call on airlines to offer special airfares for travel to Langkawi along with local hotels to offer special packages.
“To this regard, we also propose car rentals to offer promotions.
“We expect to launch a welcoming ceremony to be held at Langkawi International Airport (LIA) to welcome the 1st flight following strict SOPs and host a mini travel fair to be held at the Langkawi International Airport (LIA) involving locals.
“MAH Kedah/Perlis also calls on Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) to give incentives to airlines and hotels to bring in guests
“Finally, we intend to have a contingency plan, medical backup and support, emergency evacuation etc, work with global doctors to be partners on standby,” said Dass.
He added that among the stakeholders supporting the proposals are MAHO, MyBha, MATTA, Airlines Retail outlets, Local attractions and car rentals.
“For the immediate consideration, we call to allow staycation for residents of Langkawi effective August 2021 for those who have received two doses. Also, for dine ins to be allowed for those who have received two doses
“We have to take into account that hotels have spent a lot of money on maintenance, enhanced cleaning supplies and equipment and also staff training all this while.
“MAH Kedah / Perlis is a 53-member strong organisation employing some 5,000 to 6,000 workers in the industry, ” added Dass.