Some 100 tourist operators have had their operating licences revoked after they were found to be inactive over the last three years.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said one of the main criteria to avoid their licences being revoked was to stay active in business consistently.
“This is nothing new because every year, my ministry will scrutinise all operators to ensure they comply with the stipulated requirements.
“They should make full use of every opportunity available to spur tourism activities and generate growth for the country in the tourism sector.
“We expect the operators to be responsible, committed and conduct their business professionally as they also portray the image of the country,” she said when met here recently.
Dr Ng, who is also Raub MP, said locals, particularly youths could help the country in promoting tourist attractions.
She said they could assume the role of tourist guides by giving explanations on certain local attractions, including the country’s unique flora and fauna, arts and culture.
“They can offer themselves to be a guide by brushing up on their interpersonal and communications skills and in the process, make some side income.
“There are ample opportunities available for locals to help promote the country, and it’s a win-win situation,” she said, adding that locals residing in the respective areas had better knowledge of tourist attraction sites and could give more information to visitors than full-time guides based in big cities.
Dr Ng said it was a good opportunity for the locals to gain some working experience and decide later if they were keen on career in the tourism sector.
Source : STAR
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