Travels

  • AirAsia ready to paint the skies red again – Group CEO urges everyone to get vaccinated to be ready to fly

    SEPANG, 24 February 2021 - As Malaysia joins other Asean neighbours in rolling out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign today, AirAsia is calling on all members of society to participate and support their respective governments towards ending the pandemic.

    Recent forecasts including by the World Health Organisation (WHO) cite that the end of COVID-19 is near, with its regional WHO director for Europe, Hans Kluge, quoted saying that he believes the coronavirus outbreak will end in early 2022.

    Meanwhile the chief of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) forecasts that global tourism will rebound even earlier in the third quarter of 2021. Echoing this prediction is an Australian travel expert, Graham Turner, who foresees that international travel would likely recommence in the second half of 2021.

    AirAsia’s Group CEO Tony Fernandes says “Vaccines being rolled out across the globe, better education and testing, globally recognised digital health passports, veil medicines, leisure travel bubbles and contactless procedures for travel are all coming together nicely, to support an international air travel reset in the very near future. 

    “AirAsia is more than well prepared and can’t wait to paint the skies red once again with many new innovations and digital contactless procedures to ensure the highest standards of guest hygiene and safety. 

    “In Malaysia, our own Prime Minister was first to get his jab today and when my turn comes I will surely be taking it.  So I urge everyone to do the right thing and get the jab so we can all fly high again!

    “Now is the time for us to band together and show how Malaysia is united and assist the government to get the vaccines out to the population. I urge everyone to dispel any misinformation around the vaccines, and trust the scientists and the experts. Vaccines are the answer to literally give the global tourism industry and local economies all over the world, a much needed shot in the arm.

    “The aviation industry has been hugely devastated by the pandemic but we are standing strong and are patiently waiting for borders to reopen. Just like us, everyone is eager to fly, but we need to do this responsibly by getting ourselves vaccinated and continuing to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

    “I am very thrilled to learn that the Ministry through MIMOS, has developed a blockchain-based Vaccine Management System to ensure efficient and safe delivery and distribution of the vaccines in the country. This should also take into consideration the right target population and geographical locations so as to ensure that we achieve the most effective results in the shortest time frame.

    “AirAsia is looking forward to playing an active role in the vaccination campaign. Our logistics arm Teleport is ever willing to help wherever we can, including transporting vaccines from China and Russia when they’re available, and distributing them domestically in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, India and other countries.

    “Meanwhile, our pilots and cabin crew, who have not been able to fly as much as before, can also assist with frontline services during the on-ground vaccination exercise. They have been well-trained in first aid and are able to handle medical emergencies. They can surely provide valuable help to the frontliners and this is what being unconventional is about.

    “Most importantly, the vaccination rollout is giving us the clearest, most tangible timeline yet as to when the pandemic will be brought under full control and life will be back to normal again, albeit with new norms. With a contribution of 15% to the annual GDP and 24% of total employment in the country, tourism is one of the most important economic drivers and its members should be given priority to receive the vaccination.” -HS

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  • Gayana Marine Resort reopens with Staycation offers

    Tropical villas of Gayana Marine Resort

    KOTA KINABALU: To mark its reopening after the easing of Recovery Movement Control Order, the Gayana Marine Resort on Pulau Gaya here is offering attractive Staycation packages for the weekends from now until the end of October.

    In the offing is their 45 units of overwater tropical villas fronting the sea and Marine Ecology Research Centre - which propagates endangered giant clams and coral reefs.

    Guests are encouraged to visit the centre and learn about its marine conservation programmes.

    The resort’s three dining venues present a wide variety of gastronomic delights: Western fusion food with a distinctly Malaysian twist including wood-fired pizzas in the all-day dining Macac Restaurant; and sunset cocktails in the Latitude Bar.

    With an emphasis on its farm to plate philosophy, the menus feature fresh organic seafood and vegetables from Borneo Eco Fish and Green- O’s.                                                           

    Besides water activities, guests will be kept fully occupied with a choice of activities such as a fun walk, blow pipe demonstration, weaving, napkin folding, pizza making, cupcake decorating, bartending and more all organised with Covid-19 safety considerations in mind.

    Covid-19 safety measures set in place include individual life vests and masks, temperature scanning, wide availability of hand sanitizers, social distancing protocols, resort app in place of printed room collaterals and blackboard menus instead of hard copies.

    Guests are also given personal aluminum water canisters to refill at water points.  All villas will be completely sanitized after each check-out for three days in addition to frequent sanitization of all facilities and areas.

    Staycation period is Friday to Sunday only. The rates are RM550 nett per room night/Ocean Villa (RM850 nett).-HS