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Official MAH Press Release

Moving Forward, One Step At A Time - High Hopes For Reopening Of Tourism

Untitled Moving Forward, One Step At A Time - High Hopes For Reopening Of Tourism

Wisma MAH, Ampang (8 Aug 2021) - The relaxation announced for fully vaccinated persons commencing Tuesday, 10 August 2021, though only for states in Phase 2 and beyond, is a significant step forward not just for the tourism industry but also the country as a whole. It bears commitment from the Government to transition the country from the state of pandemic to accepting Covid-19 as endemic.


While these are relatively small progressive steps especially for the tourism industry, the industry can now prepare itself for an impending reopening. Allowing dine-in at restaurants for example, is expected to benefit hotels, particularly those certified Clean & Safe by Bureau Veritas Certification Malaysia (a proprietary hygiene and safety label for hotels by MAH) that had since its inception included ventilation, airflow and seating arrangements as part of its safety & health guidelines for restaurants within the hotels.


The overall high compliance of SOPs by hotels is an added assurance to the general public that it is safe to dine and even stay whether it is just for a short staycation or for any other travel purposes.


Another proposal by MAH, presented to the Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture earlier this year, is to allow fully vaccinated persons to travel inter-district and inter-state, with added controls of confirmed hotel bookings and itinerary that can be counter-monitored by hotels. With the current progress, this should be the next phase of relaxation, commencing for travels between states that had transitioned to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan.


The hotel industry is ready and will support the Government in taking calculated steps towards full reopening of tourism, not just domestic but also international.

About the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long-term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents more than 900 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 155,287 rooms which is about 65% of the total number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.


MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session.