Published: Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:32
KUANTAN: Travelers and industry players are required to embrace "new normal" conditions as popular tourist destinations across Pahang began to resume operation in stages.
Pulau Tioman in Rompin, Fraser's Hill in Raub and Kampung Kuala Tahan near Taman Negara in Jerantut are among tourist spots which have opened their doors to visitors since early this month and more destinations are expected in the next few weeks.
State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the main priority is to ensure both visitors and tourism players remain safe by complying with the newly implemented standard operating procedures (SOP).
"There are no two ways about it as everyone has a responsibility to play and they must follow the strict measures which have been implemented. To make sure the industry survives, destinations will be reopened gradually and accordingly.
"So far there have been no reports of any new Covid-19 clusters (at tourist destinations) and it is vital to follow the SOP as any outbreak will jeopardise the industry. Both travelers and tour operators are aware of their responsibilities under the new normal which they need to put it into practice," he told reporters at the Pahang tourism office here today.
Sharkar was met after distributing Bantuan Prihatin Pahang (BPP) Covid-19 aid to 85 tour guides here today.
Meanwhile, he cited several examples on the tourism SOPs saying only those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations can travel and there is a limit on the number of travelers at certain destinations.
It was reported yesterday that visitors are slowly trickling back to several tourist destinations in Pahang and operators are hoping to see an increase in bookings ahead of the one-week school holidays which begins on Sept 11.
On tourist destinations in Pahang reopening business before other destinations, Sharkar said the priority is to see the tourism sector gradually returning to normal.
"It is not important to become the first (destination) to reopen but we are looking at the long term recovery. The idea is to slowly revive and get the industry back on track," he said.
Meanwhile, a Tourism Pahang officer, who declined to be named, said the tourism destinations in Pahang which began opening late last month currently offer limited activities.
"People within the state can travel and most destinations have resumed business. However, some activities including diving in Pulau Tioman or camping in Taman Negara will require approval from the National Security Council (NSC)," he said, adding the NSC is in the midst of studying the SOPs.
Eight destinations - Pulau Tioman and Taman Negeri Rompin (both in Rompin), Genting Highlands and Janda Baik (both in Bentong), Fraser's Hill( Raub), Taman Negara (Jerantut), Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (Temerloh) and Cameron Highlands - have achieved herd immunity against Covid-19. Source: NST
Published: Monday, 30 August 2021 12:12
Pahang is ready to open eight of its holiday destinations, here's a list of lodgings worth checking out. PEOPLE in Pahang can now look forward to that much needed holiday, albeit just intra-state trips at selected destinations, once they receive the green light from the National Security Council (NSC). Once approved, eight of the state's tourist destinations which have achieved herd immunity against Covid-19 — Pulau Tioman, Taman Negeri Rompin, Genting Highlands, Janda Baik, Fraser's Hill, Taman Negara, Kuala
Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre and Cameron Highlands — will begin to welcome back visitors in stages to minimise the emergence of tourism clusters.
If you've been missing the laid-back beach life, 1511 Coconut Grove is your chance to (safely) indulge in your island fantasies. Located in Juara Village on Tioman Island, the boutique hotel offers guests quaint chalets inspired by traditional village architecture, complete with thatched roofs and raised wooden stilts, which overlook pristine sandy white beaches. As the property is situated at the eastern part of the island, guests will be at the perfect spot to take in gorgeous sunrise views.
TAMAN NEGERI ROMPIN
Situated along a beach-front facing the South China Sea, and complete with the lush greenery of its own golf course, Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort combines seaside serenity with the best of the tropical greenery. Each of its rooms comes with a private balcony, facing either the vast blue ocean or the property's own expansive swimming pool. The resort is also located near Kampung Lanjut, a village renowned for its seafood delights, particularly freshwater prawns. With the resort's peaceful environment, guests rate it as an ideal place to simply enjoy the ocean breeze in comfort.
One of the most highly rated properties in the area, the Swiss-Garden Hotel & Residences Genting Highlands promises a stylish staycation for discerning travellers. The hotel is situated near the peak of Genting Highlands, giving guests majestic views of the lush green surroundings, particularly from the rooftop sanctuary on the 41st floor. The property also features an array of top-notch hospitality facilities and services, including a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna rooms, as well as a variety of local and international cuisines at its on-site cafe.
Tucked away in the tranquil forests of Janda Baik, Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort's hillside accommodation is an easily-accessible getaway for urbanites seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. While the resort was a popular venue for team building activities during pre-pandemic days, it still has plenty to offer with its peaceful surroundings, cool weather, and breathtaking rainforest views. With rooms that come equipped with modern amenities, guests will be able to sample nature without sacrificing contemporary comforts.
Perched atop the famous hill it's named after, Shahzan Inn Fraser's Hill is ideal for travellers who value privacy and peace above all else. The budget hotel is rated highly among guests for its value for money and convenient location, making it a good place for a quick and quiet escape. Known for its thriving biodiversity, Fraser's Hill is also home to a myriad of local and migratory bird species — an ideal environment for budding birdwatchers to spot interesting and colourful wildlife.
Looking for an experience right in the heart of nature, or simply wishing for a more thrilling escapade away? Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, located smack in the middle of the rainforest reserve of Taman Negara, will give you a bit of both. Nature-lovers can enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle within the resort itself — be prepared to spot other wildlife "guests" such as monkeys and lizards making their way around the premises. This property also features a wide range of accommodation choices, from resort-style chalets to simple bungalows, allowing guests to choose just how rustic and close-to-nature they want their stay to be.
KUALA GANDAH NATIONAL ELEPHANT CONSERVATION CENTRE
With its impeccable hospitality service and award-winning spa treatments, the Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort has been long known as a staycation option for Malaysians. This luxurious property is situated 2,700 feet above sea level; meaning that you can take in cool, crisp highland air and green views of sloping hills without leaving your plush room. While the hotel is French-inspired, with its castle like structure and French fine dining cuisine, it also offers guests a taste of Eastern serenity in the zen-like gardens at its Japanese Village.
Tourists have historically flocked Cameron Highlands for a brief respite from the heat of the tropics. An interesting property here is Hotel De'La Ferns, which offers guests a taste of the colonial hill stations of yore with its modern twist on Tudor-styled architecture. Aptly named after the expansive ferns found in the area, the hotel also boasts of picturesque views of the mountainous countryside.
Prefer a stay closer to the city centre? Located in the town of Brinchang, Zetter Suites gives guests both convenience and comfort with a hint of Victorian-era sensibilities. These private apartment units come with Victorian-inspired furnishing in soft, pastel tones, creating a romantic setting for couples.
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