Sarawak has taken the initiative to launch Malaysia's first vaccination centre for the tourism and business events industry.
More than 2,000 industry frontliners voluntarily registered for the Industrial Vaccination Programme through their respective employers.
Sarawak's Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture/Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, said that the vaccination drive is "a reassuring sign that Sarawak will be ready to reopen for business activities once more".
"Vaccinating the industry is in tandem with the Sarawak Government's target to vaccinate at least 80% of the local population by the end of August," he continued.
With more than one million people vaccinated, Sarawak currently has the highest number of vaccinations administered in the country, raising the prospects of the state loosening travel restrictions before end of the year.
Meanwhile, work continues in Sarawak's MICE sector to prepare for the return of events.
Amelia Roziman, Acting CEO of Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), shared: "When events return to our shores, we will have the SOPs ready for implementation and business events planners can take advantage of our incentivised packages. Even our industry partners are gearing up by getting involved in extensive education programmes to strengthen their professionalism."
Roziman added that discussions are underway between BESarawak and the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) to forge a possible interstate collaboration in an effort to reopen the country's business events industry.
The latest industry vaccination drive was led by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Sarawak Tourism Federation, Ministry of Health of Malaysia (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) and Timberland Medical Centre.
Source: Meetings and Conventions Asia