Langkawi, 15th September 2021 – Government agrees to reopen Langkawi’s tourism sector under national travel bubble programme’s pilot project effective this 16th September. For early preparation, LADA in collaboration with a few government agencies has launched three initiatives under Langkawi Tourism Recovery Plan (T-REC) 2021-2022 in line with Langkawi’s reopening.
YBrs. Tuan Nasaruddin bin Abdul Muttalib, Chief Executive Officer of LADA was quoted as saying, “Tourism industry players in Langkawi are delighted with the announcement of this tourism sector reopening. As the pioneering agency in Langkawi’s tourism development, LADA has been proactive in preparing the island before the arrival of domestic tourists. One early step taken is the introduction of a few initiatives for Langkawi’s reopening such as MySafe Langkawi Programme, Langkawi Reopening Hotline, and Market Place.”
LADA had also introduced T-REC last July, acting as the foundation for reopening of Langkawi. These three initiatives announced today is relevant to ensure Langkawi could be reopened safely to tourists. The initiatives are:
1. MySafe Langkawi
MySafe Langkawi is a volunteering certification programme specially created for Langkawi’s tourism industry. Through this programme, LADA in collaboration with MKN, Langkawi Tourism Academy (LTA), and a few government agencies as well as NGOs has created a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be utilised by all tourism industry players on the island, preparing their business premises to receive tourists and operate under new norms.
This endorsement is also a platform to certify that certain business premises have taken the necessary precautionary and safety measures as part of the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, therefore restoring domestic tourists’ confidence to revisit Langkawi. Until now, LADA has received 400 applications from tourism industry players. However, only 45 are eligible to be audited before receiving MySafe Langkawi certification after passing the evaluation process.
2. Langkawi Reopening Hotline
The groundwork to welcome tourists is laid further via preparation of LADA Hotline. This hotline will start operating from 16th September 2021 as early as 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. for seven days a week. A total of 25 LADA staff will be facilitating customers by giving information and answering enquiries related to SOPs and Langkawi tourism. Tourists may contact LADA via the hotline at 04-9600 888 and 04-9600 889.
3. Market Place @ http://greatsales.naturallylangkawi.my/
The promotion for Langkawi’s reopening is further intensified with a special platform to promote and sell tourism packages at attractive prices. All tourists are encouraged to book online to avoid overcrowding in Langkawi. The platform will be activated from 15th September 2021.
“I really hope that every tourist will be able to enjoy a comfortable holiday experience, immersing in Langkawi’s natural beauty without putting aside the SOPs enforced. This is to ensure the travel bubble programme could be sustained, therefore helping to revive the island’s economic dynamism,” says YAB Tuan Haji Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, Kedah Chief Minister.
May the introduced initiative help Langkawi to prepare travel bubble packages that could provide comfort and ease to all tourists and industry activists.