By AKMAR ANNUAR
The Tourism, Arts, and Tradition (Motac) Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing chaired a dialogue session with over 200 representatives from numerous ministries, departments, authorities businesses, and tourism trade stakeholders in Putrajaya on Dec 6.
The occasion, titled “Motac Tourism Dialogue 2023: Collaborative Tourism Trade Platform,” obtained overwhelming participation, with attendees actively partaking in a question-and-answer session and expressing their opinions.
Along with capturing essential inputs and viewpoints from the representatives, the minister additionally addressed all raised questions promptly.
Among the many mentioned points and challenges have been associated to the Tourism Sector Matching Grant (GSSP), the strengthening of the Malaysia My Second House (MM2H) programme, the regulation of short-term rental lodging (STRA), discount of resort utility prices, and the empowerment of the Tourism Trade Act (AIP) 1992, notably involving enforcement and licensing points.
Tiong emphasised that the ministry is at all times open to receiving solutions and suggestions from trade stakeholders.
Concurrently, he expressed hope for continued collaboration to strengthen the tourism sector, particularly in realising the success of Go to Malaysia Yr 2026.
Additionally current on the dialogue have been Motac deputy minister Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan; secretary-general Datuk Roslan Tan Sri Abdul Rahman; deputy secretary-general (Tradition) Mohd Yusri Mohd Yusoff; deputy secretary-general (Administration) Datuk Shaharuddin Abu Sohot and the senior administration crew of Motac.