By Zareef Muzammil
SUBANG JAYA, Oct 5 — The reopening of the domestic tourism sector in stages as part of the National Recovery Plan’s (NRP) third phase is the silver lining in the clouds for Selangor’s industry.
Tourism Exco Hee Loy Sian said the Covid-19 pandemic over a year ago has brought severe effects on the tourism industry in general, and Selangor specifically.
“It cannot be denied that the Movement Control Order in several phases followed by the NRP has affected the operations and income of the state’s industry players.
“This was proven when they faced the cancellation of room reservations, tourism packages, and other services.
“Therefore the move to the NRP’s third phase is a breath of fresh air for them,” he said during a press conference following the launch of the Selangor Tourism Voucher 2.0 at Sunway Lagoon earlier today.
The third phase came into effect in Selangor on October 1, which grants the loosening of restrictions on individuals who have fully completed their vaccination, to holiday within the state involving accommodations at hotels and homestays.
Hee added that several other tourism activities are also allowed in Selangor, namely zoos, theme parks, diving, aquariums, national parks, cultural and heritage premises, museums, libraries, and family entertainment centres.