Langkawi to set standard for other travel bubbles

KUALA LUMPUR: The travel bubble initiative which will be implemented in Langkawi from Thursday will serve as a benchmark for opening more tourist destinations in the country.

In this regard, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has advised those planning to travel to the resort island for a holiday to be responsible tourists and follow the prescribed standard operating procedure (SOP) because their action will determine the fate of the country’s tourism sector.

“We want to see how Langkawi will impact the entire economic sector, especially the tourism sector.

“This will be a model of our travel bubble.

“We want and hope Langkawi to be a good model to enable us to open more travel bubbles,” she told a press conference at the Parliament building yesterday.

Nancy reminded all parties to comply with the SOP, which includes tourists being required to use transport services provided by travel agencies if they are travelling by land.

Nancy said there were proposals from the private sector to set up a centre for conducting swab tests for tourists going to Langkawi.

“It is a very good initiative, although it is not compulsory for individuals to go for swab tests.

“I have asked them to speak to Lada and I hope they can work together,” she said, referring to the Langkawi Development Authority. — Bernama