KUALA LUMPUR: The government has cancelled the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign because of Covid-19, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri said tonight.
She said Covid-19 has had a detrimental effect on the tourism sector in Malaysia in particular and the world in general.
Because of the movement control order (MCO) from March 18 to 31 to check the spread of the virus, the ministry had to freeze many tourism-related services, she said in a statement.
These included all counter and online services at the Tourism Licensing Division and ministry offices in the states, and licensing of tour companies, tour guides, tourism accommodation, and spas and foot reflexology centres.
Nancy said that in line with the MCO, all tourist accommodation would only be allowed to operate at a minimum level.
“All guests at the accommodation premises must remain in their respective rooms during the quarantine period and order their meals through room service.
“Check-ins at tourist accommodation will also be permitted, but on a small and limited scale,” she said.
However, domestic tourists would not be allowed to check in at these premises, she said.
VM2020 was launched on Dec 31, targeting 30 million visitor arrivals and RM100 billion in revenue.