The economic uncertainty created by the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear to have affected the Kelantan hotel sector.
Eastern Regions Malaysia 's director of tourism, Hafiz Hazin, said the Kelantan hotels and most of them retained their employees, which took various revenue-generating measures when their hotels were shut down during the MCO.
“Some of the hotels carried out online food business to generate income during the MCO period as they could not rely on hotel bookings,” he said.
Hafiz has also said that Kelantan hotels do not rely on international tourism reservations to sustain their operations; therefore, the closure of national borders has little effect on their business.
“When the government gave permission for the tourism sector to resume operation and allowed inter-state travel, it indirectly gave a boost to the tourism sector with more domestic tourists arriving in Kelantan.
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