In order to kickstart domestic cruises as a way to help revive the ailing tourism sector.The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has been working very closely with industry partners and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
As an example; a single ship, like the Costa Venezia, with a capacity of 5,000 passengers can generate revenue of up to RM60 million. In addition to that, domestic cruises especially during these trying times, have the potential to generate thousands of jobs almost immediately especially in port cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Melaka.
On top of that, MATTA has been engaging the relevant ministries for years not just on the implementation of domestic cruises as a quick-win solution during these trying times but more importantly the benefits of having Malaysia recognized as a home-port destination.
“We already have the necessary infrastructure and manpower in place to service this emerging and very profitable sector – the long-term benefits of having home-port status are immense especially since Malaysia is recognised worldwide as a very modern, and progressive Muslim-friendly destination,”- Nigel Wong, MATTA Honorary Secretary General.
Smart Leisure & Travels Sdn Bhd, as the boutique travel agency in Sarawak has been promoting Sarawak River Cruise and the outcome was good before the pandemic.