Genting Highlands, Melaka, Tioman Island reopens 1 Oct
Following the success of the pilot travel bubble project in Langkawi, three domestic tourism destinations – Genting Highlands, Melaka, Tioman Island are on the list for reopening in October 2021.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has announced that Genting Highlands, Melaka, and Tioman Island will reopen as part of the tourism travel bubble on 1 October,
According to Nancy Shukri, this is a non-exhaustive list. More destinations will be added.
With some states and islands reopening, the government will study the possibility of allowing interstate travel to more Malaysian destinations to help revive domestic tourism.
Langkawi recently opened its doors to fully vaccinated domestic travelers on 16 September 2021 as a part of the pilot travel bubble project.
The pilot travel bubble project implemented in Langkawi would be expanded to other places outside of island destinations.
Following the precedent set by Langkawi, the minister says that the locations have been given two weeks to prepare for the reopening.
The expanded tourism bubble may include mandatory swab tests as authorities deliberate on the SOPs being finalized.
The minister listed hill resorts destinations like Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, and Fraser’s Hill to attract tourists once interstate travel is allowed.
According to Resorts World Genting (RWG), the highland destination has been closed since 1 June under Malaysia’s nationwide lockdown.
Minister Nancy noted that the main agenda is to help those in the tourism sector who were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since tourism is all about mobility, the national economy will improve once interstate travel is allowed as the current movement control order is still ongoing.
The estimated loss in tourism revenue in 2020 was RM135 billion.