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THE TOURISM, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) will look for ways to help tourism industry players who have been affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Tourism Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (picture) said the ministry is aware that industry players are currently facing many problems which caused a drop in their earnings.
“We have held several series of meetings and discussions with the tourism industry players and they told us the many problems they faced including a drop of up to 30% in bookings for accommodations.
“When the numbers of visitors drop, their earnings will also drop, resulting in other problems such as loan repayments for industry players who still have bank loans,” he told reporters after launching the Pacific Asia Travel Association Adventure Travel Conference and Mart 2020 yesterday.
Mohamaddin said the ministry will also request banks to allow flexibility in loan repayment until after the problems caused by the Covid-19 epidemic are resolved.
“The tourism industry in Malaysia, as well as throughout the world, has been tested with a big challenge because of the Covid-19 epidemic. So, it is everybody’s responsibility to support and help each other,” he said.
On the three-day conference, Mohamaddin said it is attended by 368 participants from 33 countries not just from Asia, but also East Europe, including Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary to discuss the tourism and travel industry.