Malaysia bids to attract travellers to Perlis through new online directory

Tourism Productivity Nexus (TPN), supported by the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), is building an e-directory for tourism products and services in Perlis, in anticipation of the reopening of the state to domestic and international travellers in the near future.

TPN is in the midst of compiling information on all the tourism products and services in the northern state. The e-directory is expected to be completed by end of October and onboarded to B2B portal Universal Pass, an initiative by industry players supported by Malaysia Tourism Council and Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA), shared Uzaidi Udanis, chairman of TPN and president of MITA.

A new e-directory of Malaysia’s northern state Perlis is being built to attract more tourists; Al Hussain Mosque in Kuala Perlis pictured 

The Universal Pass platform is targeted at both international and domestic trade players, featuring niche product offerings that are not easily available to overseas wholesalers and are not sold by OTAs. This includes products such as homestays, white water rafting and glamping.

Uzaidi said: “The government is looking at reopening Langkawi to foreign travellers soon as part of its pilot project. We hope that in time, Perlis will also benefit due to its close proximity. Also, Perlis has a small population and has a low number of Covid-19 positive cases. That will also count as a reason to reopen the destination in the near future for domestic travellers.

“We want to see those travelling to Langkawi by land via Kuala Perlis to spend a day or two, or at least half a day, in Perlis before proceeding to Langkawi or on their way back. The e-directory will assist tourists to choose the best places for food and leisure activities that suit their interests.”

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