Additional RM200 mil Allocation for Ministry to Revive Tourism

The Bathroom of Premium room in Vasa Hotel Surabaya

An additional allocation of RM200 million has been provided to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) for the implementation of the stimulus package under the Tourism Rehabilitation Plan for 2021. Its Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri in a statement today said apart from the allocations announced by the Finance Minister during the presentation of the Budget, there were several other provisions under MOTAC specifically to assist the tourism, arts and culture sectors.

"This is expected to stimulate and inject domestic spending consistently and in turn create a multiplier effect, especially for industries linked to the tourism, arts and culture sectors," she said. She said the stimulus package included accommodation vouchers, tourist destination discounts, family travel package discounts as well as the revitalisation of arts and culture. "Also included in this recovery plan are transportation discounts, shopping discounts and discount packages for frontliners as well as the ‘Meet in Malaysia Campaign’," she said.

Yesterday, she chaired an online engagement session with tourism and culture industry activists. Among those involved were Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO) and Malaysian Artistes' Association (Karyawan). Nancy said the government also understood the situation of industry players who were badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and would work to ensure the industry remained competitive and recovered quickly through various stimulus packages and recovery plans to be implemented based on the announced Budget.