The Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that Malaysia aims to introduce Green Status Travel Bubbles in an attempt to stimulate economic growth after the outbreak of COVID-19.
Instead of waiting for the COVID 19 to be declared totally safe, she said that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC) looking at some green zones.
"We are no longer looking at the country (as a whole), but more into certain destinations," she said, citing Langkawi in Malaysia as a green status zone and Bali in Indonesia as examples.
"If we want to wait for a country to turn into green status, it may change overnight," she told a press conference after launching the Meet in Malaysia Campaign.
Nancy said that the MOTAC and the Foreign Ministry would meet on Monday to discuss and determine the green zones for travel bubbles which could cooperate with Malaysia.
Malaysia 's planned regions include Australia, Brunei, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
"It will work if the countries agree with each other. We are looking around for countries that can open up their green region to us," she said.
Nancy said that the idea of creating green-status travel bubbles was based on the market's potential for overall economic development.
"These include trade activities, business, business travellers and the influx of foreign tourists as well as significant short-term tourism income contribution to the country, by taking into account the safety and health aspects," she said.
Nancy, however, said its implementation was subject to informal negotiations, with the related agencies of the countries concerned being especially concerned with health, immigration, data tracking, and continuous monitoring.
- TAGS / KEYWORDS: