Bubble tourism’s SOPs to be presented next week

Motac have been identifying the green status regions and areas in the past 1 or 2 months

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on travel bubbles would be presented to the National Security Council (NSC) by next week.

“It should be ready latest by next week for us to propose to NSC. That is the status for the moment.

“My ministry has been engaging with foreign ambassadors to discuss the arrangements for two-way travel, such as Singapore where we have recently opened up for essential trips,” said Nancy at the Cuti-Cuti Malaysia TV promotion campaign event in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

She added that the ministry is looking at green zones, instead of waiting for a country to be considered entirely free from the global pandemic, as “life must go on even with Covid-19”.

“The idea of having travel bubbles with green status regions and areas is based on the market’s potential to contribute to the country’s economic growth.

“We have been working on identifying them in the past one or two months, and we have identified a few, but some of them have been hit with the second wave,” she added.

She said due to the circumstances, the ministry would also have to look into the destinations and activities.

“That is another ‘filter’ for our identification and sorting we are looking into, which should factor into the characteristics of what we have been looking into for travel bubbles,” she said.

Earlier in July, it was reported that the ministry was considering travel bubbles to spur economic growth, while also encouraging domestic tourism.

Meanwhile, the Cuti-Cuti Malaysia TV promo campaign launched yesterday is one of Tourism Malaysia’s initiatives in line with the ministry’s call to boost domestic tourism.

She said via the approach, the campaign — which will be broadcasted on Department of Broadcasting or Radio Televisyen Malaysia through TV1, TV2 and TV OKEY — would be able to provide greater exposure to various local products.

“This will then place Malaysia as a safe tourist destination to visit and will revitalise the country’s tourism industry,” she said.

In line with the launch, winners of the Cuti-Cuti at Home music video competition, also organised by Tourism Malaysia during the Movement Control Order period, were announced.

Participants were given three category choices in producing the short video clips, all of which would be judged based on their skills in playing musical instruments, singing or sketch performance.

The first place winner announced for the musical instruments category was Ko Chuan Li, while the singing category’s winner was Mohd Yatim Naming, followed by Clarissa Premini Robert Jeyakumar for the sketch performance.

The main prizes for the winners are a three days two nights holiday package in Malaysia, including flight tickets, accommodation, food and beverage, transfers and entrance fees to tourist attractions for five people.

Nancy said it is the duty of all Malaysians to ensure the country recovers from the pandemic by adhering to the SOPs, wearing face masks and maintaining social distance.

“Let us not take this matter lightly because prevention is indeed better than cure,” she said.