POST MCO: MALAYSIA IS EXPECTED TO SEE A 30% INCLINE IN DOMESTIC TRAVEL BY THE END OF 2020 ACCORDING TO MOTAC

Published by Kevin Chong @ 01/07/2020

Tourism Sector Recovery Post MCO Seminar Group photo

Malaysian Association Tourism Agency (MATA) yesterday held the Tourism Sector Recovery Post MCO Seminar at the Tun Hussein Onn Hall, World Trade Center, as approved by the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN).

Tourism Sector Recovery Post MCO Seminar at Tun Hussein Onn Hall, World Trade Center

The seminar was conducted in two sessions, accommodating 500 attendees in total and was the first event to occur with a large audience since the country's lockdown in March. The Tourism Sector Recovery Post MCO Seminar was held to give insight into the direction of the tourism sector in Malaysia throughout 2020, as they are directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dato’ Sri Abdul Khaini Daud, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Dato' Seri Haji Mohd Sharkar, Chairman of Tourism, Environment and Plantations (Pahang), Mohd Yusri Junos, CEO of World Trade Centre KL, Haffiz Halim, CEO of DITOFA, Dato’ Haji Mohd Khalid Bin Harun, President of MATA, and Mohd Shahril Zainal, Head of Marketing of MHTC were among the VIPs that attended the event.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khaini Daud, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau

Dato' Seri Haji Mohd Sharkar, Chairman of Tourism, Environment and Plantations (Pahang)

Dato' Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar, Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia Domestic & Events Division

Dato' Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar, Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia Domestic & Events Division, who represented Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC)  said that based on the findings of a study conducted by the agency, local tourists were seen as more courageous to travel domestically during the period. He expects the country's domestic tourism activity to grow by 30% over the next six months, under the post-movement control order (MCO).

Dato’ Haji Mohd Khalid Bin Harun, President of MATA & Dato' Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar, Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia Domestic & Events Division

"The studies found that the next trend of travel is that people choose to travel with their families. Therefore, industry players need to be prepared with products and offer that meet the demand of this segment," Datuk Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar mentioned.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khaini Daud, Dato' Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapa & Haffiz Halim at the launch of DITOFA

Dato’ Haji Mohd Khalid Bin Harun, President of MATA

MATA and Tourism Malaysia have also launched a Holiday booking portal, DITOFA (www.ditofa.com), which was developed to allow the tourism sector in Malaysia to market & promote their products, services, and offers. Besides that, Tourism Malaysia is also planning to provide support grants that will be channeled through 20 tourism associations to industry players to boost domestic tourism.