Sabah Will Use Technology To Revive Post COVID-19 Tourism

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment will utilise various technologies, especially information technology, to revive the tourism sector.

Its Minister, Datuk Jafry Ariffin said among the technologies is an application system that connected health data to ensure a tourist is healthy and free from COVID-19.

“However, it requires the co-operation of tourists to provide health data whilst assuring them that their personal data are secure,” he said in a statement here today.

Yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 589 new COVID-19 cases were reported, with Sabah still recording the highest number at 304 cases.

Jafry said all initiatives to develop state tourism were in accordance with the tourism resumption guidelines issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He said the comfort of tourists was a priority to ensure they were satisfied with the new post-COVID-19 tourism infrastructure.

“For the short-term, we will upgrade tourism infrastructure facilities which will bring comfort to tourists in accordance with the standard operating procedures recommended by the Ministry of Health.

“This is a true picture of the future tourism sector with the new norms and what is important is our success in tackling this crisis will depend on nationwide co-operation,” he said.

The ministry was also willing to work with foreign investors to revive the state’s tourism sector, he said.

Jafry said he would also hold a meeting with tourism operators as soon as the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) throughout Sabah ends on Oct 26.

“I want to hear their grouses because they are among the most affected by this pandemic. We will see what we can do to help them in the post -COVID-19 recovery phase,” he said.