Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is exploring the possibility of having travel bubble arrangements with green zone countries. Minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the ministry had held consultations with several government agencies and tourism industry players’ representatives to identify mechanisms to reopen cross-border tourism activities in a safe and systematic manner.
“The mechanisms being explored by the ministry include destination to destination or island tours in small groups specially for golf, diving, scuba, bird watching, hiking and caving activities. “ … the travel itineraries will first be approved by the authorities involved and travel arrangements will be made by licenced travel agency companies,” she said at the Dewan Rakyat.
She added that these were among initiatives contained in the Tourism and Cultural Recovery Plans in efforts to restore the country’s tourism sector which had been severely affected by Covid-19. She said these initiatives would help restore public confidence in travel and tourism activities which will revitalise domestic tourism and encourage industry players to offer more creative and attractive travel packages through digital platforms.