MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said tourism industry players had been deprived of income since March.
Persatuan Ejen-ejen Pelancongan dan Pengembaraan Malaysia (MATTA) menggesa kerajaan melanjutkan tempoh moratorium pinjaman selama enam bulan lagi bagi industri pelancongan memandangkan sektor ini merupakan antara penyedia pekerjaan yang utama.
MATTA menggesa kerajaan melanjutkan tempoh moratorium pinjaman selama enam bulan lagi bagi industri pelancongan memandangkan sektor ini merupakan antara penyedia pekerjaan yang utama.
According to a press statement issued yesterday, MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang pointed out that the tour and travel industry was the hardest hit by the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
"Against a backdrop of recession and unemployment, being wholly dependent on domestic tourism will not be sufficient to sustain related businesses and individuals working in this industry," said MATTA president, Datuk Tan Kok Liang.
It will be an uphill task to retune the industry if tourism companies are wounded up and tourism workers are being driven into bankruptcy by early 2021.
Menurut presiden MATTA Datuk Tan Kok Liang, bergantung semata-mata kepada pelancongan domestik sahaja tidak cukup untuk mengekalkan perniagaan dan individu bekerja dalam industri ini.
Industri pelancongan paling teruk terjejas akibat Covid-19 perlu masa untuk pulih.
MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang explains, "The industry's inability to service their loans are due to regulatory constraints and weak demand."
MATTA is calling on the government to extend the loan moratorium for the tourism sector for another six months. MATTA’s appeal is based on recognition of the sector, among others, which provides jobs and is an important contributor to the country.
Firms, individuals in tourism sector unable to service loans, says MATTA president.
MATTA memohon kerajaan mempertimbang melanjutkan tempoh moratorium pinjaman selama enam bulan lagi khusus bagi industri pelancongan di negara ini.
MATTA has urged the government to extend the loan moratorium to a further six months for the tourism industry as the industry was one of the significant job providers and important economic contributors to the country.
MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang explains, "Against a backdrop of recession and unemployment, being wholly dependent on domestic tourism will not be sufficient to sustain related businesses and individuals working in this industry.”
MATTA has urged the government and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to extend the bank loan-repayment moratorium by another six months for the tourism industry because the sector is the hardest hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Menurut MATTA, industri pelancongan dan perjalanan telah terjejas teruk akibat pandemik Covid-19 dan kajian menunjukkan ia hanya akan pulih daripada krisis semasa jauh lebih perlahan daripada sektor lain dalam ekonomi Malaysia.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said domestic tourism which resumed recently may therefore not be enough to revitalise the sector.
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Sabah Chapter) welcomes the initiative of the Sabah Government to open the state borders for international arrival in September this year to resume tourism activities.
The country’s worst affected industry, the tourism sector, will need four years to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
Travel agents must adapt to the new normal to capitalise on the fact that Malaysians are looking forward to travelling domestically during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period, say tourism industry players.
Tourism industry players are urging travel agents to adapt to the new normal to capitalise on domestic travel.
Economists, tourism industry players and even health experts agree that the time has come to throw the doors open to tourists.
The public and private sectors need to ramp up collaborations and strategise on how to prepare for border reopening in reviving the economy after months of Covid-19 restrictions.
Malaysia should market itself as a safe destination with infrastructure to handle crisis, says tourism association.