KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri hopes to see a new approach to curb the spread of Covid-19, other than continuing to ban interstate travel.

She reasoned that tourism industry involved the moment of people from one location to another.

“When there is no movement, it means there is no tourism and also no economic activities, so it also means no jobs and income for those who have been working in this industry.

“Therefore, I hope for a meeting point which can balance health and the people’s well-being,” she said.

“However, at the same time, I am worried that the statement could have a worse impact on the local tourism industry which has already been adversely affected for a year by the pandemic.

“I am not only talking of its impact on the country’s economy, but also thinking about the livelihoods and survival of those in the local tourism industry,” she said.

She issued the statement Sunday after Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said inter-district and interstate travel would be considered if 70 to 80 per cent of the population vaccinated.-HS

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