IPOH: Perak tourist attractions should have ‘certificates of compliance’ with Covid-19 guidelines to improve visitor comfort and confidence, said state tourism association president Datuk Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir .
He added that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) and Tourism Perak should place these certificates next to their respective MySejahtera QR codes for visitors to see.
“Conformity assessments should be introduced here by local authorities because it is important that operators strictly adhere to the guidelines.
“Such a certificate will indicate that the operator is certified as safe and that tourists will also know to pay attention to it,” he said in a statement Wednesday (September 1st).
Mohd Odzman has said that even when travel restrictions are lifted, a stumbling block will be the fear of Covid-19 infection that prevents most Malaysians from going on vacation.
“Visitors to Perak will applaud the state for taking safety seriously.
“Operators who make it easier and allow visitors to enter without complying should be blacklisted for a period of time and will not have a certificate to show,” he said.
“All it takes is for an operator to fail and the whole district or even domestic tourism in the state could be severely affected by the ripple effect,” he added. .
Mohd Odzman said the state branch of Motac and Tourism Perak must work with tourism-related NGOs to create a unique campaign message that the state is a safe destination for visitors.
He said the messages should also be placed strategically and in clearly visible positions.
“Perak must be the pioneer in reviving domestic tourism in Malaysia and it can be done through this campaign,” he added.