Sabah to draw up road map for recovery of tourism sector post-COVID-19


A road map will be drawn up as part of the recovery measures for Sabah’s tourism sector in anticipation of the post-pandemic period, said the State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

In a statement, Bangkuai said this was decided during the inaugural Sabah Tourism Recovery Committee meeting chaired by him at the Sabah Tourism Board here today.

“The formulation of the road map has been agreed upon during today’s meeting with captains of the tourism industry in Sabah,” he said.

Among others, the road map is aimed at protecting jobs and businesses through incentives, tariffs and discounts.

Importantly, it would be drawn up in parallel with the 3R concept set out by the government, that is Recovery, Revitalise and Reform, he added.

According to him, the industry players also requested that the relief assistance had to be inclusive so that it reached the targeted group.

“Also discussed was the need for the reskilling and upskilling for the various tourism workers to be facilitated online during this Conditional Movement Control Order period,” said Bangkuai.

The industry captains also agreed for domestic tourism to be boosted in green districts in Sabah.

Also suggested was the possibility of introducing a green accreditation for all tourism and hospitality outlets in Sabah as a measure to allow the reopening of their businesses.

In a nutshell, Bangkuai said, the meeting discussed on the challenges and getting input as the way forward for Sabah tourism in anticipation of the discovery of the new vaccine for COVID-19.

All inputs would be forwarded to the state government, he said.