The foreseen collapse of the tourism industry hurt workers

MALAYSIA: Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2019, the bleak future for the tourism sector continues, as well as for the 3.5 million workers in the industry.

In the 2020 analysis of the International Labor Organization, more female workers in the tourism sector have lost their jobs worldwide than their male counterparts.

In Malaysia, the number of women workers in the tourism industry decreased to 48.3% in 2020, compared to 50.3% in 2019.

The Malaysian government has recently declared that the 2022 budget will benefit women in tourism equally.

"The umbrella framework for this is Malaysia's National Tourism Policy 2020-2030, which is based on the three pillars: Competitiveness, Inclusion and Sustainability," according to the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Malaysia’s efforts to gradually open to foreign tourists and work with international airlines to restore Malaysia's connections have slowly gained results. Malaysia Airlines flew twice weekly from London to Kuala Lumpur, with scheduled increases to five times weekly between January and March 2022.

Additionally, tourism on Langkawi island is reviving slowly, but the surge of international tourists did not occur as expected, despite the well-placed quarantine-free safety measures.

Amidst the declining Covid-19 cases, the tourism industry registers a sluggish recovery without foreign tourists, according to National Recovery Council Chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.

The new Covid variant has worsened the situation as Malaysia has temporarily banned some countries. Because of this, experts say Malaysia’s tourism industry is on the verge of a complete collapse and is heading towards a difficult recovery.

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