Malaysian CVB Business Events Sarawak reports that over 2,000 of Sarawak’s tourism and business events industry frontliners will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a result of the final phase of the Industrial Covid-19 Vaccination Programme which took place 15-18 July 2021 at the Association of Churches Sarawak, Kuching.
Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, said: “The prospect of reopening Sarawak for tourism and business events is high. This is a timely development as the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MTAC) is implementing the Covid-19 Free Destination Programme which would enable main tourism and business events cities to reopen once the targeted herd immunity of 80% is achieved.”
Speaking on the National Recovery Plan, Sarawak’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, commented: “Sarawak’s four-phase recovery roadmap includes the reopening of domestic travel activities by phase three and we have just entered phase two of the roadmap. We anticipate entering phase three by the end of August where we aim to restart tourism and business events in Sarawak by the fourth quarter this year.”
With regards to maintaining safety protocols, Hii Chang Kee, permanent secretary to MTAC, commented: “Although fully vaccinated, the industry will continue to adopt and implement all safety and precautionary measures. Tourism and business events activities will be organised with strict adherence to the government stipulated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).”
Amelia Roziman, CEO of Business Events Sarawak, said: “The business events industry is finally one step closer to restarting again. We are 70% in delivering our State recovery plan for business events with updated SOP and improved incentivised packages, alongside creative marketing and promotional materials to ensure the success of the events that are being held in Sarawak.”
Sarawak is the first state in Malaysia to complete the Industrial Vaccination Programme for tourism and business events partners, led by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) in collaboration with MOTAC, Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), Ministry of Health of Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) and Timberland Medical Centre.