16 tourism industry players in the state have received its COVID-19 certificate of safety recognition from the government of Penang.
State Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee (PETACH) chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said that the accreditation program aims at recognizing compliance with strict hygiene and security requirements in tourism establishments to ensure public health and safety of tourists.
He said that health and safety standards have been set by local authorities, namely the State Health Department, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), PETACH and Penang Global Tourism (PGT).
"We are proud to be the first in the country (Malaysia) to take such an initiative, and I have seen that similar ideas have been created by other countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia to improve the tourism industry," he told the reporters after the presentation of the certificate.
According to him, there are 12 hotels, 3 attractions and a shopping mall in the 16 establishments approved by the state government.
Yeoh said that many other tourist establishments have registered and are pending approval for the accreditation program.
"While registration is not mandatory, tourists are still encouraged to do so so they can rest and relax when they visit these destinations," he said.
He said Penang emphasizes responsible tourism, as both visitor and tourist players have a shared duty to follow public health and safety rules to curb COVID-19 spread.
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