KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) believes the RM660 million budget allocation to enhance security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak can boost tourism in Malaysia.
Matta vice-president (Inbound), KL Tan said safety and security were the main considerations for tourists when visiting the East Coast of Sabah and the speedy implementation would auger well for tourism and other economic activities to bounce back.
“With the government’s full focus on the safety and security issues in ESSZone, it is only a matter of time that full confidence will be restored and travel advisories being lifted”, said Tan.
Tan also suggested that the government considered Tourist VISA Exemptions for China tourists in an effort to boost Chinese tourist arrivals which had been affected due to the MH370 and kidnapping incidents in the East Coast of Sabah.
Tan said the tourist visa exemption could be issued for a limited period of leisure travel in Malaysia of say 30 days.