With interstate travel restrictions lifted since 10 October, Malaysia's city states have been keeping busy, including Langkawi, which has confirmed a travel bubble allowing entry for fully vaccinated foreign travellers and who test negative for Covid-19.
Travellers will need to follow specific entry protocols, including booking their trip via a Malaysia tour operator, periodic testing across the first seven days of entry, and moving through designated ports of entry. After seven days, these groups are then free to travel anywhere in Malaysia.
Part of Malaysia's most ancient state, Kedah, the Langkawi archipelago is also fondly known as the 'Jewel of Kedah', offering lush tropics, fine beaches, cultural immersions, wildlife experiences and protected conservation areas.
These same factors are what attracted a local firm to book a three-day multi-island incentives trip to Langkawi in November.
Real estate agency, Forward Realty chartered a round-trip flight from Subang Airport to Langkawi Island on 8 November, where the group of more than 10 checked into the 5-star St. Regis Langkawi.
Tapping on the Langkawi archipelago's status as Malaysia's only state to receive a Global Geopark title accorded by UNESCO — the group packed in a geological day exploring three islands, including a sunset cruise dinner on the Andaman Sea.
Back on land, the itinerary continued at popular attractions, including stops for duty-free shopping, all of which were planned by local agency Explorer Tourism Network, with support by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).
“MyCEB's support under the Meet in Malaysia campaign for this incentive group not only added value to our client's event, but it is also helpful for the local travel agencies and event planners to encourage our corporate clients to organise physical events once again," said Oi Ling Ling, Managing Director of Explorer Tourism Network.
The travel bubble also comes right in time for the local business events sector, where its Meet in Malaysia campaign — launched in 2020 to encourage industry players to plan for future business events in Malaysia — has been extended another year to 31 December 2022, "giving the industry more time to restart, reset and rebound,” said Dato' Sri Abdul Khani Daud, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB.