Langkawi will soon be opened to tourists from all around the world following the success of the domestic tourism bubble.

Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri said that strict procedures would however, be in place, to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the resort island.

"The procedures include ensuring arriving tourists use tour agents registered with the ministry.

"The agent will be the one who will arrange their (tourists') entire journey, and they will not come directly to Langkawi on their own. This is the mechanism we use, so if anything happens, like infections, the agent will be held responsible," Bernama quoted Nancy telling reporters after attending an event in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

According to her, the international tourism bubble is crucial to help the country's economy recover from the negative impact left by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that homestays in Langkawi have begun receiving bookings from tourists, especially from Europe, when Putrajaya recently announced about the international tourism travel bubble for Langkawi.

The government kicked-off the domestic tourism bubble to Langkawi on Sept 16 and since then, some 149 COVID-19 cases have been detected.

To date, there have been more than 2.43 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 28,492 fatalities.

The global coronavirus infection and death tally has surpassed 244 million, and 4.97 million, respectively.

Source: Bernama
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