It’s fake news!
According to NST, it was reported that Langkawi hotels have received 1,000 bookings in an hour last Sunday after the announcement that domestic tourism is permitted starting 10 June. Yesterday, the Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) has disputed the news reports.
The shocking figure came from the Langkawi Tourism Association (LTA) CEO, Zainudin Kadir. It surprised not only the public and tourism agencies but the hoteliers themselves, who have now confirmed that it was falsely reported.
Acting president for MAH, Halim Merican said the news caused much anxiety and raised concerns among hoteliers and their employees, and they wonder how such flawed information could spread through reputable news agencies.
“The chairman for the Kedah and Perlis chapter of MAH, Eugene Dass, along with member hotels from Langkawi clarified that as much as the industry would love to see such a surge in hotel bookings, the one thousand hotel bookings did not take place,” he urged.
The association also told TV3 that they are very particular about figures being mentioned as they want consumers who are planning for their holidays to make a proper and educated decision. They don’t want to give the impression that there are no hotel rooms available in Langkawi.
ICYMI, on Sunday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the implementation of the RMCO with the relaxation of many movement restrictions in the country from 10 June until 31 August.
While we can cuti-cuti Malaysia, let’s keep practising social distancing and wash our hands often!
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