PUTRAJAYA (September 11): Travel agencies are allowed to operate with immediate effect, without having to register with the Covid-19 intelligent management system (CIMS), the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said , Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
She said the issue decided on yesterday at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was aimed at facilitating the Langkawi Tourist Bubble Pilot Project which begins on September 16.
Nancy said the move would allow 5,335 registered travel agencies in the country to start generating revenue after being hit for nearly two years due to the pandemic.
“The government has always been committed to revitalizing the economy and ensuring the continuity of the activities of the tourism and cultural industry, in particular by maintaining the jobs of those involved in the sector,” she said yesterday in a communicated.
On Thursday, the government announced that fully vaccinated domestic tourists from across the country, except those residing in areas subject to the Enhanced Movement Control Ordinance (EMCO), would be allowed to visit Langkawi from the 16th. September.
Meanwhile, Nancy said the government channeled special one-time assistance of RM3,000 to 2,899 travel agencies, involving an allocation of RM8.6 million, while the payment to the remaining 2,436 travel agencies was ongoing.
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