MELAKA The state government needs to focus on domestic tourism to revitalise the state tourism sector which has been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Ali Rustam said this was because 69.6 per cent of the total tourist arrivals to Melaka last year comprised domestic tourists.
“Melaka is still a destination of choice for tourists from all over the country as a result of continuous promotional efforts by the state government, but the tourism sector is among those severely affected by the spread of COVID-19.
“However, I believe the state government can focus on domestic tourism at this time through various programmes or promotions to attract arrivals to Melaka,” he said when officiating the the second meeting of the Second Term of the 14th Melaka State Legislative Assembly at the Seri Negeri Complex here today.
Earlier, he was given the salute and inspected a guard-of-honour mounted by the Second Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps. Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.
Mohd Ali also said that apart from the conservation of tangible heritage, emphasis should also be given to intangible cultural heritage such as dondang sayang and silat which are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Melaka received 18.7 million tourists last year compared to 17.02 million tourists in 2018.
He also suggested that the state government should revitalise the field of biotechnology enterprises due to its potential to create technology driven job opportunities that can increase people’s income.
“The state biotechnology corporation should have a clear determination and ambition to bring technology to a higher level and be able to become a centre for research, knowledge development and references,” he said.
He also reminded all state assemblymen, who will convene tomorrow, to practice good values to be an example to the community, to reflect the maturity of each leader.
He said that endless disputes will only be detrimental to all involved, instead, differences of opinion should be transformed into a platform towards cooperation as a team and then to provide the best services to the people and the state.
In another development, Mohd Ali said the total zakat (tithe) collection in Melaka last year was at RM98.84 million and for this this year, Zakat Melaka targeted the collection to increase to RM104.6 million.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency