The Melaka government through the Tourism Promotion Division today launched the ‘Melakan Visit Melaka Packages 2020’ campaign in an effort to ensure the tourism sector in the state is not adversely affected despite the economic uncertainties following the spread of COVID-19.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said the campaign, which targeted domestic tourists among Melaka residents, offered a 50 per cent discount on 18 tourism products in the state, including Melaka River Cruise, Melaka Ghost Museum, Melaka Zoo, Melaka Monorail, Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park, Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm and Melaka Trishaws.
The privileges are for the people of Melaka who hold identity cards with the number 04 or 30 and those who live in the state.
"The tourism sector is a major contributor to the state government's revenue, including the hotel industry, however the industry is feared to be severely affected following the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which will be enforced for four weeks starting tomorrow.
"This campaign is to help the tourism sector, especially industry players and small traders in the state who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has been going on for a long time and we do not know when it will end," he told reporters after launching the campaign here, today.
In a separate development, he said a total of nine roadblocks would be mounted in Jasin and Alor Gajah districts including at entry points into Melaka in both districts starting at midnight tonight.
Of the total, four roadblocks will be set up in Jasin and five in Alor Gajah. Yesterday, the government issued an order to implement the CMCO throughout the Peninsular including Melaka for four weeks starting tomorrow, except for Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan following the surge in COVID-19 cases.