PETALING JAYA (October 29): Airbnb South East Asia welcomed the government’s initiative to introduce the Malaysia Digital Nomad program to catalyze industry recovery as it opens a new era for the tourism industry .
In a statement released today, Airbnb’s Southeast Asia Head of Public Policy Mich Goh (pictured) said the industry is entering a new era where travel and life are increasingly vague, and that the Malaysia Digital Nomad program marks a progressive and exciting path for tourism in the country.
The program works to create a national ecosystem and a community of digital nomads as a catalyst for the recovery of tourism, Goh explained.
Considering the 2022 budget allocation for the tourism industry, a total of RM 1.6 billion has been allocated for tourism rejuvenation efforts.
Of which 60 million ringgit has been allocated for domestic tourism as well as an additional 1000 ringgit tax incentive to encourage domestic travel while the rejuvenation efforts have also included monuments such as the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve.
“Going forward, Airbnb hopes to see the expansion of current initiatives and the implementation of new incentives for the short-term residential accommodation industry, which continue to play a critical role in contributing to the economy. Malaysian tourism, ”said Goh, who added that the impact of the pandemic has shown a resurgence in appetite for travel.
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