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                                                                                                                                                                                            TRAVEL BUBBLES: THE GRAND

                                                                                                                                                                                            ANTICIPATION ON REVIVING

                                                                                                                                                                                            MALAYSIA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                                            BY: DANIA HARIS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 On the 16th of September, Langkawi opened its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 doors to become one of the first tourist hotspots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for the Malaysian government’s tourism pilot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 project. One week before that, news of 5-star

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hotels in Langkawi were fully booked. People
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 flocked over to social media to express their

                                                            COVER STORY                                                                                                                                                                                          opinions; Some were excited, others were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 skeptical, the 3,000 people who flew to Langkawi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 thought otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The erratic announcements of various lockdowns,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 new Standard of Procedures (SOPs), and now,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recovery Phases by state has certainly put the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 people on edge and the sudden announcement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 on Langkawi opening its gates was certainly a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 surprise. The majority view of this decision was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 indeed against the notion due to the current
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COVID-19 infections per day which were tolling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 towards 20,000 cases. Was this a hasty decision
                 Photo by Filip Kominik on Unsplash                                                                                                                                                                                                              with tourism initiatives of course the people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 on the government’s end? Being out of the loop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would think so.

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