Malaysian tourism players urged to focus on domestic travel, events for recovery

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is looking at ways of strengthening domestic tourism and restoring the travel confidence of locals, once it is safe to do so.

Speaking at a recent webinar organised by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), entitled Protecting the Tourism Workforce, minister Nancy Shukri said domestic tourism will help to spur the local tourism industry which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister Nancy Shukri is seeking funding for online training courses for tourism frontliners

Nancy called on inbound tour operators to create innovative programmes in rural areas as well as areas that have been neglected by tourism stakeholders, while the ministry will help with promotions.

She added: “We are also looking at providing online training to further enhance the skills and quality of services for tourism frontliners.”

For this purpose, the ministry has proposed to the Economic Action Council for limited training allowances to run online training courses.

Nancy urged inbound tour operators to make use of the ministry’s grants for domestic marketing and promotions of domestic business events for 2020.

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