MICE stakeholders applaud Malaysia’s further easing of pandemic restrictions

The government has gradually relaxed the Covid-19 SOP following the transition towards endemicity beginning April 1.

Business events industry players in Malaysia have praised the government’s recent decision to further relax Covid-19 restrictions in Malaysia effective May 1, as this will help put the country in a better position to compete for international business events.

Since May 1, Covid-19 insurance is no longer a requirement to enter Malaysia, and fully-vaccinated travellers aged 13 and above no longer have to undergo Covid-19 tests before and after arrival. Business events activities will also no longer enforce physical distancing, and all economic sectors in the country are allowed to open.

The government has gradually relaxed Covid-19 restrictions as it transitions towards endemicity; Kuala Lumpur pictured

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) CEO, Abdul Khani Daud, called this announcement “fantastic news”, as this move will “benefit MICE travellers” by providing a “seamless travel experience to Malaysia”.

A Aruldass, managing director of Tourland Travel, told TTGmice: “This news is very encouraging and timely as Thailand and Singapore has also made it easier for MICE groups to enter. This announcement will put us on par with neighbouring countries.

“We have many enquiries coming from India to hold business events here. This month, we have a group of 220 people from India on an incentive trip to Kuala Lumpur, Genting and Port Dickson.”

S Jayakumar, director, Dayangti Transport & Tours, shared that the easing of restrictions coupled with the affordability of the destination, and ease of getting around, has made it easier to market the destination to corporates overseas.

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