PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) via Tourism Malaysia will continue the Tourism, Arts and Culture Support Grant (GSPSB) that was held back last year as a move to recover the industry that was affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MOTAC Minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said, the Ministry of Finance has approved the continuation of the provision that was held back for a year following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) effective on 18 March 2020.
“The GSPSB a one-off allocation under the supervision of MOTAC started its implementation in February 2020 with the remaining provision of RM24 million from the total allocation amounting RM30 million.
“It is aimed at enhancing and reactivating the tourism, arts and culture sectors so that it will become competent via the support and incentive assistance provided to the private sectors and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry activists to promote Malaysia as a safe tourist destination,” said Nancy in a statement here on Friday (9th April 2021).
According to the Minister, the organisation of events and programmes under the GSPSB fund must be held in the country with the participation attraction elements from all the states nationwide.
“Besides attracting the movements of domestic and international tourists when the border door is opened soon, it will also accelerate the benefits to the tourism industry as a whole,” she added.
She said, the industry players elligible to apply GSPSB includes company and local private organisation, company related to state government, subsidiary company under the state government and local NGO. The amount fixed to organise an event or programme under GSPSB is between RM20,000 till RM500,000.
“GSPSB is also fixed at the maximum rate of 50% from the expenses amount for the event and programme following the maximum ceiling of RM500,000.
“However, consideration for the application will depend on the standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Security Council (NSC) that is being updated from time to time,” said Nancy in the statement.
More details on GSPSB is accessible at the website www.tourism.gov.my or contact 03-88918191/8192/8196/8232. –Malaysia World News