To increase tourists’ confidence, Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) has set guidelines for better preventive measures of COVID-19.
According to MyBHA chairman, Zamari Muhyi, a compliance panel for best practices in tourism products management was agreed by the State Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi.
The main objective of the panel is to focus on the tourism industry and return its smooth operation, whilst guaranteeing a safe environment for tourists.
“This is a joint initiative with Tourism Perak, non-governmental organisations and tourism industry players in ensuring adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council and Ministry of Health,” he explained in the panel briefing at Lost World of Tambun (LWOT) yesterday on June 26.
“Panelists will be thoroughly checking hotels, homestays and kampung-stays in the state. For starters, we will be checking 10 hotels around Ipoh,” Zamari added. “If they pass our assessments, a validation certificate will be given to hotel operators as proof of secure visit for tourists.”
Also present were Tourism Perak chief executive officer, Nor Nurmalis Musa; Perak State Tourism Association president, Dato’ Mohammad Odzman Abdul Kadir; and general manager of LWOT, Nurul Nuzairi Mohd Azahari.
Zamari said that the compliance will be in effect starting July 1. He also reminded tourism product operators to ensure that SOPs are followed strictly.
“If they fail to meet the conditions listed by SOPs, they will be advised followed by a secondary check,” he noted.