Traveling abroad can affect the local tourism industry
KUALA LUMPUR: The tendency of Malaysians to travel abroad may, to some extent, affect the business of local players in the tourism industry, especially those operating near the country’s border such as in Langkawi.
After a two-year hiatus, travel has resumed with such voracity, even crossing the border to neighboring countries for short vacations or weekends is enough.
The president of the Perak Bumiputera Tourism Entrepreneurs Association, Zamari Muhyi, said overseas vacations would lead to an outflow of Malaysian currency, which would negatively impact the local tourism industry.
“For two years, our people have been traveling to destinations within the country. This could be the reason why they now choose to go abroad, even for short holidays.
“It may only be for two or three days, but it actually impacts our travel industry,” he told Bernama.
Zamari said the growing trend of Malaysians vacationing abroad, particularly in Thailand, would affect domestic tourism.
However, it is a relief for local tourism industry players with the arrival of tourists from Singapore, he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Malaysia Budget & Business Hotel Association (MyBHA), Dr Sri Ganesh Michiel, suggested that the government provide more incentives to taxpayers who travel within the country, as this would help revive the domestic tourism sector.
“We suggest that the government should provide tax incentives or rebates to domestic tourists under the 2023 budget, such as increasing tax relief from RM1,000 to RM3,000,” he said, adding that this decision could stimulate the national tourism sector.
He said that with a boom in the country’s travel industry, it would indirectly attract foreign tourists to come.
For avid traveler Muhammad Haikal Zulkifli, 22, a real estate consultant, he said the desire to see and experience the culture of other countries was the main factor that drives people to travel abroad.
Media recently reported that many Malaysians choose to travel to Hatyai, Thailand. during weekends and school holidays, as shopping, food, transport and accommodation are cheaper there than in the country. – Bernama