It seems that Malaysians are keen to return to the streets of Melaka as hotel operators in the state have started to receive bookings again after the recent announcement of Melaka joining the domestic travel bubble.
Homestay owner, Sia Gian Heung told Malay Mail that he has been receiving bookings after the announcement was made. He is very excited for tourists to return to Melaka and hopes that things can return to normal after the reopening.
Also, Sia is hopeful that even those who have halted their homestay business due to the COVID-19 pandemic can gradually start to open again.
Homestay properties have a better chance at surviving because they offer a local and cultural experience for tourists.
– Sia, owner of Backyard Rio
On the other hand, the chairman of the Malaysia Association of Hotels (Melaka chapter), Khairulnizam Kassim said most of the hotels registered under the association are ready to reopen. The association has also started to receive bookings since the announcement was made.
He added that they are just waiting for the state government to announce the standard operating procedure before they are good to go.
However, it was announced that Melaka has postponed the opening of the state yesterday. The state is waiting for 90% of the Malaysian adult population to complete full vaccination first before it reopens.
With bookings coming in, tourism in Melaka will still have to wait for some time before it can welcome tourists again.
(Source: Malay Mail)