Pulau Langkawi Tourism Industry Players hopes the Government will encourage the green state's people to travel to Pulau Langkawi and revive the tourists' activities on the island, which have been affected since the Movement control orders (MCO) since 18 March.
The General Manager of Taman Buaya Langkawi Sdn Bhd, Adam Fuaad, proposed to launch interstate travel for people to visit Langkawi in the northern peninsular countries to contribute to restoring the tourism sector of the island.
“There are only two entrances to Langkawi, the Kuah Passenger Ferry Terminal and Langkawi International Airport.
“Therefore, interstate control activities must ensure standard operating procedures (SOPs) to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection is being strictly adhered to,” he told.
Adam also reassured the tourism industry players of the island that, if interstate travel was permitted, the SOPs would also be implemented at their premises to reduce the risk of COVID19 infection.
Hezri Adnan, Chief Executive Officer of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), said they are prepared to rebrand the island into a secure, clean, and sustainable destination.
He said that this was one of 10 strategies outlined in the short, medium, and long term Langkawi Economic Recovery Action Plan (PTPEL) for recovering Pulau Langkawi's COVID-19 economy.
“LADA will introduce a 'door-to-door tourism' compliant with customized travel services.
“Through this package, tourists will be picked up starting from their accommodation and taken to selected tourist destinations and perform various activities before returning safely, taking into account the need for social distancing and other security protocols,” he said.
Hezri said LADA will also launch public rules with government agencies in Langkawi to be followed during each visitor 's visit to the Island.
“These rules are intended to convince tourists that Langkawi is a safe destination. The regulations will be issued according to the guidelines of the National Security Council and adapted to the current situation on the island,” he said.
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