KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourist Association (STA) says the government plan to allow interstate and overseas travel after receiving second two doses of vaccination is certainly a boost to the tourism industry.

Its Chairman, Tonny Chew said STA was delighted to know that the intention of the government to allowed those being vaccinated for interstate or even overseas travelling.

“It is also a way forward that the government is negotiating with counterpart countries to have mutual recognition of digital vaccination pass which can definitely boost the tourism industries for mutual benefits,” said Chew.

He believes the approach may entice more of the citizen to get vaccinated soonest possible in order to achieved herd immunity and optimistic that we can achieved the national vaccination plan as scheduled.

Chew also reiterated his call that those involve in tourism sector should also be given priority to receive the vaccination under the phase three of the programme.

The tourism personnel serving in the frontline such as licensed tour operators, hoteliers, back packers, homestay, licensed tour guides, drivers and destinations operators should be given the vaccination to boost confidence for the travellers and inevitably lower the risk of infection, he cited.

He was referring to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin plan to allow interstate and overseas travel for those who complete two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

He said a decision will be made on the matter at the National Security Council (NSC) meeting.

He said the government had also started negotiations and discussions with several countries for Malaysians who have been vaccinated to travel there.-HS

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