Priority is to get economy back on track

PETALING JAYA: Suggestions are pouring in from stakeholders to the newly-formed Economic Action Council (EAC) on what can be done to get the country's economic, financial affairs and welfare of the people on track.

In welcoming the formation of the council, business communities and the public hope that their plight would be taken into consideration and addressed.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) President Datuk Tan Kok Liang said it is imperative for the EAC to revisit the tourism fundamentals for a healthier and sustainable tourism environment that would be regionally competitive again.

Among the key initiatives, he said, are new tourism attractions and enhanced infrastructure, high end tourism vehicles, increasing direct flight connectivity to secondary cities and towns apart from Kuala Lumpur, upskilling of manpower as well as reviewing and modernising tourism rules and regulations to keep up with the business landscape.

"This also includes engagement and transparent discussions with tourism industry players such as MATTA. The tourism industry contributes about 15% to the national economy and provide employment opportunities to about 3.2 million people", said Tan.