1011 GMT October 28, 2021
MAH’s chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said a recent survey by MAH had reported an alarming overall hotel occupancy dip of 35 percent in the first week of October, 30 percent in the second week and eventually down to only 20 percent in the last week of October, malaymail.com reported.
“So far, from the announced initiatives under Budget 2021, little was mentioned on sustaining tourism businesses other than the extension of wage subsidy at the same amount of RM600 per employee per month, which the industry had long voiced as insufficient, when the industry had lost almost 80 percent of business.
“The industry had repeatedly urged the government to consider a higher amount based on percentage, 50 percent for employees with wages up to RM4,000 per month and 30 percent for employees earning RM4,001 to RM8,000.
‘’This model is adopted in many countries to support the industry and to protect jobs of the people,” he said in a statement.
He added, without a higher cash assistance to the hotel businesses and again leaving the loan moratorium at the discretion of financial institutions and commercial banks, industry stakeholders especially hotels and travel operators were being left stranded and would be forced to make difficult decisions as well as take drastic actions to survive.
“The industry, however, is grateful that the government is extending direct assistance to displaced airline employees, but the government needs to look at the situation in entirety where airlines, an essential stakeholder of the tourism industry, must also be protected,” said Yap.