Online workshop on COVID-19 Crisis Management: React, Rethinks, Recover was attended by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung and Deputy Minister U Tin Latt yesterday.
The workshop aims to reduce losses incurred by travel companies due to the spread of COVID-19 and implement necessary management in rehabilitation.
Also participating in the workshop were Permanent Secretary U Aung Naing Oo of Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, Director-General U Maung Maung Kyaw and officials of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, officials from Mandalay Region, Taninthayi Region and Shan State branches of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism and three private tourism experts.
The Union Minister said the travel industry is one of many businesses suffering from spread of COVID-19. He congratulates travel businesses and especially hotels for accommodating guests for quarantines, assisting health officials, making donations towards combatting the virus, and for their cooperation.
The global travellers organization said the difficulties faced in 2020 can drop from 20 per cent to 30 per cent and can lose from US$300 to US$450 billion in tourist income. The current situation can also become worse than global economic issue from SARS in 2003 and 2009.
The Union Minister said the Union government has formed a working committee to resolve economic issues caused by COVID-19. The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministry of Commerce have reduced tax rates and lessened employer-employee cases and trade issues.
He said his ministry reduced licence fees and renewal fees for hotels, travel businesses and tour guide companies from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. He said hotel rents and land lease to their department was suspended from 1 April to 30 September 2020.
He said the nation marked CMP businesses, hotel and tourism businesses, SMEs as suffering from most economic issues from COVID-19 and created COVID-19 fund with 1 per cent interest and a one-year loan period. He said an ASEAN travel ministerial meeting on COVID-19 will be held on 29 April with a video conference.
Next, meeting attendees discussed their preparations for COVID-19 across the states and regions including impact assessment for the travel sector, making direct and indirect financial support more efficient, designing a tourism recovery plan, drafting a stimulus package for hotel and travel businesses.
In the afternoon, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism held a video conference with Swisscontact with Prof Dr Aung Tun Thet on Crisis Management and Leadership Online Seminar and stakeholders. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)