Penang ready to welcome tourists by year-end, says state exco

Penang is implementing a gradual recovery strategy in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang says it expects to welcome tourists by the third or fourth quarter of this year following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Penang Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said despite being a green zone state, Penang was still working to rebuild its tourism industry.

“We can only accept tourists in Q3 or Q4 of this year as we are still planning to rebuild the industry,” he said at an online forum here today.

Yeoh also said the state government is implementing the Penang Gradual Recovery Strategy with strict standard operating procedures (SOP) to allow more businesses to begin operations.

“We have to do it gradually. If we go too extreme on the industry, we will kill the people, and if we get too extreme on health then we are jeopardising the industry,” he said.

Chairman of Malaysia Association of Hotels Penang Chapter Khoo Boo Lim, who was a panellist at the conference, said new SOP and comprehensive guidelines are now in place for hoteliers.

“We came out with four main control measures for the hotels to follow when they start operations: they are crowd management, queue management, sitting management and interaction management,” he said.

Khoo also urged event organisers to review their SOP for holding hotel events in order to prevent large gatherings.

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