Motac: Tourism frontliners to be prioritised for vaccine

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by TMR FILE

THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) will push forward the Covid-19 vaccination for tourism frontliners, especially those working during the third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) at quarantine and isolation centres, as well as those involved in meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibition (MICE) and logistics.

The ministry said the first phase would involve hotel staff at quarantine centres; hotel staff not working at quarantine centres but operating during MCO 3.0; aviation industry officers on duty this month including Malaysia Airlines Bhd, AirAsia Group Bhd and Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd; and MICE officers who are on duty at vaccination centres (PPVs).

“The next phase will involve those in other subsectors under Motac, based on the flexibility of the economic sector’s operations after MCO 3.0.

“This initiative is to help revive the tourism industry which has been severely affected by the pandemic,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

Motac estimated that tourism frontliners would start receiving their vaccines after the phase for other frontline members and highrisk groups has been completed.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (picture) said the commitment can be a catalyst for the country’s tourism industry to return and recover, in turn, helping the country to get back on its feet in terms of economics.

“The ministry’s offer to turn exhibition centres into PPVs can also accelerate the vaccination process throughout the country,” she said.

Motac via its agency, the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, has teamed up with industry players to offer conference and exhibition centres as PPVs to increase the vaccination rate for the country.

Among those working together towards this goal are the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre; Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Baru; Setia Convention Centre Spice, Penang; Seberang Perai Arena Convention Centre, Penang; Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak; Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Convention Hall, Pahang; and Bera District Council Convention Hall, Pahang.