Malaysia Bagus News
Malaysia Bagus News
GEORGE TOWN - For the family of home spa owner Izyanie Rashid, Covid-19 did not take the shine out of their holiday in the Pearl of the Orient.
"Although the outbreak is going on, we feel that domestic travel is still all right as long as we travel responsibly and take precautions.
"We bring hand sanitisers everywhere and prefer outdoor attractions. An open area means better ventilation and people are further away from each other, which makes it safer," said Izyanie, 39.
Izyanie, who is from Kuala Lumpur, and her family were seen taking a leisurely stroll at Armenian Street in the heart of the heritage enclave and taking wefies at the iconic wall murals yesterday.
She said since it was the school holidays, they decided to come for a two-day trip to take in the sights and savour the nasi kandar here.
"Since we cannot travel overseas, we decided to have our holiday in Penang."
Over at Penang Hill, art teacher Rohani Hashim, 47, was enjoying the cool breeze with 80 students and teachers from SM Dato Mohd Yunos Sulaiman, Pekan Nanas, Johor. They were here for a four-day holiday.
Rohani said they visited museums, the Esplanade, streets with wall murals and several attractions since they arrived on Thursday.
"We planned this trip months ago and decided to go ahead as we had taken proper precautions before embarking on our journey."
"Before departing, we organised a talk for our students and contacted the museums we were going to visit. We liased with them and ensured that they were prepared for our group before our arrival."
"I think it is okay to travel, as long as we take precautions, " she said.
Penangites, meanwhile, have fabulous tourist deals to enjoy.
Twenty tourist attractions, F&B and retail outlets here stepped up to help the state government boost local tourism in a campaign dubbed "Cuti-Cuti Penang Lang" (lang means people in Hokkien).
Penangites with the state code 07, 34, or 35 on their MyKad would be eligible for up to 50 per cent discounts off purchases and entrance fees at these places.
This applies too to those with a Penang address on their MyKad.
The Penangite-only discount, which started yesterday, will end on May 15.
Association of Tourist Attractions Penang secretary Joseph Goh said "Cuti-Cuti Penang Lang" was a move to turn a challenge into an opportunity.
"This is the perfect time for Penangites to delight in their own tourist attractions," said Goh, who is also the chief executive officer of Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm in Teluk Bahang.
He said all tourist attractions in Penang were ready with measures such as the provision of hand sanitisers.