The plan – which was developed in line with the recently announced National Recovery Plan 2021 – will be implemented in three phases to help ramp up the vaccination efforts of the government within the tourism sector as part of the COVID-19 Free Destination Programme, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).
Under the programme’s first phase, Langkawi and Kuching have been selected as pilot travel destinations.
In a statement, MOTAC shared that the government has agreed to increase the island resort’s vaccination capacity and convert the Langkawi Craft Complex to a public vaccination centre (PPV) starting mid-July.
“The ministry is also collaborating with the Sarawak government to elevate Kuching as part of the creative cities network at the Unesco and Asean level in the astronomy category in the near future,” read the statement as quoted by FMT.
The second phase of the recovery plan will see the government stepping up the vaccination programme for Malaysia’s most popular resort islands like Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and Pangkor.
Under the tourism recovery plan’s third phase, engagements between state governments and the ministry will be conducted to identify tourist destinations that could be promoted.
“The cooperation also includes the use of appropriate facilities that can be turned into PPVs,” said MOTAC.
Meanwhile, the ministry revealed that two mega PPVs – World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) – will feature buskers or street performers from 8 July to 31 December 2021.