The State Government will focus on domestic tourism once the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.
Chief Minister, Y.A.B. Mr. Chow Kon Yeow was on a tour to two of Penang's top tourist destinations, the butterfly park, Entopia, and the Escape Theme Park.
“This effort is in line with the approach of Exco Tourism, Culture and Heritage, YB Yeoh Soon Hin to hear the views of the stakeholders (tourism) and subsequently devise strategies to attract and focus on domestic tourism after the MCO is lifted.
"As such, the State Government is committed to providing support and co-operation to the economy during this period in which we (the State Government) will address this matter as soon as possible," he said.
Also present, Soon Hin; State Assemblyman (assemblyman) of Teluk Bahang, Zolkifly Md. Common; Escape CEO Sim Choo Kheng; Entopia Chief Executive Officer Joseph Goh and Entopia Chief Operating Officer Chin Boon Tat.
The enthusiasm of the two related tourism center operators to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has earned Kon Yeow praise.
“Both entrepreneurs are impacted by COVID-19, but they have shown a strong desire to revitalize the situation, including making new plans on future projects.
“Due to the influx of tourists arriving, indirectly in terms of income, the parties are affected, but their commitment to their staff remains unchanged.
"However, this situation cannot continue because as with other sectors of the economy, the crisis needs to be restored," he said.
During a visit to Entopia, Joseph and Boon Tat presented the impact they received due to COVID-19 pandemic and proposed recovery plans involving additional initiatives from the State Government including grants, licensing conditions, promotions, rent rates, subsidies and more.
Meanwhile, Choo Kheng presented his idea to 'revitalize' the tourism industry by constructing a six-kilometer cable car connecting Teluk Bahang and Bukit Bendera where it is seen to be able to rebrand the Batu Feringghi and the hotel sector.
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