KUALA LUMPUR: The tourism, arts and culture ministry has developed a holistic Tourism Recovery Plan, in line with the National Recovery Plan 2021 announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently.
The plan will be implemented in three phases to help the government speed up the vaccination efforts in the tourism sector nationwide, particularly by targeting key domestic tourism destinations as part of the Covid-19 Free Destination Programme.
For the first phase of the programme, Langkawi has been selected as a pilot travel destination.
It said the government had also agreed to increase the vaccination capacity for the people of the island resort and turn the Langkawi Craft Complex into a public vaccination centre (PPV) from mid-July.
The other proposed destination in the programme is Kuching, it said.
“The ministry is also collaborating with the Sarawak government to elevate Kuching as part of the creative cities network at the Unesco and Asean level in the astronomy category in the near future,” it said in a statement.
In the second phase of the tourism recovery plan, the vaccination programme will be stepped up at the country’s most popular resort islands such as Redang, Perhentian, Pangkor and Tioman.
The third phase of the tourism recovery plan will involve engagements between the ministry and all state governments to identify tourist attractions that could be promoted.
“The cooperation also includes the use of appropriate facilities that can be turned into PPVs,” according to the statement.
Meanwhile, it said street performers or buskers will perform at two mega PPVs, namely the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) and World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur from July 8 to Dec 31.
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