Hotels want travel bubble to Langkawi from green zones

The Kedah and Perlis chapter of the Malaysian Association of Hotels said the Langkawi travel bubble by air could be a test case for the country, with all safety measures in place. (Reuters pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Kedah and Perlis chapter of the Malaysian Association of Hotels has urged the government to create an air travel bubble for Langkawi.

In a statement, the chapter’s chairman Eugene Dass said the air travel bubble could be between green zones and Langkawi, with no deviations.

Travel should be subject to stringent Covid-19 rules, with screening and tracking measures from the airport to hotels, he added.

“We hope the government can consider allowing such domestic green travel bubbles by flight. Langkawi could be a test case while awaiting full reopening of interstate travel.

“Hotels in Langkawi are ready with their safety and hygiene protocols,” said Dass.

He added Langkawi has been proven to be a safe destination when domestic tourism was allowed last year.

Dass said a travel bubble will also benefit airlines, retail outlets, restaurants and local car rentals on the island.

“We need to reopen. The industry cannot be perpetually waiting and sustaining losses continuously. The solution offered through this green travel bubble by flight is safe, controlled and can be easily monitored.”

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