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Malaysia should consider ‘travel bubble’ for international business travel, says industry trade events organiser – Malay Mail


A man wearing a face mask is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 18, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
A man wearing a face mask is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 18, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Industry trade events organiser, Informa Markets has urged the government to consider reopening the borders for business travellers from countries which have managed to contain the Covid-19 spread.

Its Asean Business group managing director M. Gandhi said the implementation of “travel bubble” for international business travellers will help to stimulate the Malaysian economy.

He said Malaysia’s economy grew moderately at 0.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared with 4.5 per cent in the same quarter last year, as the country’s gross domestic product has been affected by the pandemic and the subsequent implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

“The earlier we can bring international trade back into Malaysia, the faster we will recover,” he told Bernama.

The term “travel bubble” or “travel corridor” refers to an agreement whereby countries that have successfully contained the Covid-19 pandemic can open their borders to each other to allow free movement within the “bubble”.

For starters, he said, the “travel bubble” should be limited to South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong which have
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