Genting Highlands to reopen as Malaysia hits 80% vaccination

“Worst may be over” for Resorts World Genting: RHB
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Malaysia’s Resorts World Genting and two other tourism destinations will be given the green light to reopen as the country expands its domestic travel bubble.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the other two destinations are Pulao Tioman and Melaka.

“We have allotted two weeks, so these destinations can get ready to operate again,” she was cited by local media as saying, adding that the proposal was for the tourism activities to resume by Oct 1. 

The expansion of the tourism bubble, which began with the island of Langkawi last week, came alongside news that Malaysia has now vaccinated 80 percent of its adult population.

The government reopened the island of Langkawi in a pilot scheme on Sept. 16, following a similar model to that adopted by Thailand to open up Phuket.

Nancy said that so far the operation had been a success, with no Covid cases reported amongst tourists. The ministry is expecting about 200,000 domestic tourists by the end of December, local media reports.

UOB Kay Hian in a note last week said it expected the opening of Genting Malaysia’s property to be “imminent.”

The property has been closed since June 1st as the country battled another wave of Covid. It warned that the shutdown would have a significant impact on business.