On 13 July 2020, Selangor Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari revealed the state’s RM55.85-billion 2020 Economic Recovery Plan, which has been specially crafted to help Selangor regain its footing in the aftermath of COVID-19, and benefitting such sectors as tourism.
“The Movement Control Order (MCO) has caused a severe impact on Selangor’s tourism industry, and the effects are significant to industry players, including hotel and homestay operators, theme parks, airlines, cruise companies and travel agencies. In the effort to rebuild the state’s economy, we have to work hand-in-hand to foster domestic tourism in Selangor, towards highlighting Selangor as a safe travel destination to many,” Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said while announcing the financial package at a Selangor Legislative Assembly sitting.
“The Selangor State Government has agreed to offer a tourism voucher subsidy worth RM2 million to be of use at hotel premises, theme parks, and licensed homestays registered with Selangor’s local authority. The State Government has also agreed to approve a one-off special incentive of RM1,000 to tourist guides, homestay operators and Selangor Community Hosts, with a total allocation of RM600,000,” he continued.
Taman Alam in Selangor
Tourism Selangor General Manager Azrul Shah Mohamad commented on the incentive package, saying, “Tourism Selangor accepts the incentive offered to tourist guides, homestay operators and Selangor Community Hosts announced by Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari with open arms. The state’s generous allocation of RM2 million on tourism vouchers shows its compassion towards rebuilding the tourism industry in Selangor, and is expected to attract more domestic tourists into the State.
“Tourism Selangor’s Domestic Tourism Campaign, ‘Pusing Selangor Dulu‘ has started to become an eye-opener and has by far received positive reactions from the public. Aided by the many initiatives undertaken by Tourism Selangor, the campaign is hoped to bring forth a significant impact onto the economic growth of the state’s tourism industry.”
Not one to rest on its laurels, Tourism Selangor is striving to promote the state as an alluring tourism destination, and has even set a tourist arrival target of six million this year, banking on the ‘Reset Tourism’ drive. With ‘Pusing Selangor Dulu‘ in full swing, local tourists are expected to make up most of that figure.
At over 8,000 square kilometres, Selangor completely encapsulates the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and offers a rich variety of tourist-friendly attractions, from exciting urban theme parks to relaxing forest retreats, across its many districts. Visit the Tourism Selangor website to learn more!