Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced the country’s transition to the endemic phase, with the reopening of borders to international travellers on April 1.
The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) welcomes the reopening of our borders to help restoring domestic economic and business activities, including tourism, retail, hotels, restaurants and aviation industry. Tourism is one of Malaysia’s foreign exchange earner with total tourists receipt of RM86.1 billion or 5.7% of GDP in 2019 and 26.1 million tourists.
In Jan- Sept 2021, the number of tourists plunged to 73,309 persons with a meagre tourist receipts of RM123 million. We believe that the reopening of borders in a safe and responsible manner will be able to reinforce a sustainable business recovery.
More importantly, businesses must be well prepared and always ready to welcome back international travelers and tourists into Malaysia. All the country’s international checkpoints must ensure a smooth flow of passengers and avoid congestion during inspection, backed by a clear communication and SOP.