The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Cash assistance a warm welcome for homestay operators
KOTA KINABALU: The one-off cash assistance of RM600 for homestay operators registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has been well-received by homestay operators such as Mesilou Atamis Homestay in Kundasang.
Its coordinator Amrin Gupili, who operates Onis Homestay, said the financial aid would help cover utility bills for homestay operators.
“We are thankful for the cash assistance as it allows us to pay our utility bills,” he told The Borneo Post in an interview.
Mesilou Atamis Homestay has 45 members, 80 percent of whom have reopened their homestay business.
“We were lucky that the (Sabah) state government has allowed cross-district travel in the state based on zoning. So far, 80 per cent of our homestay operators have reopened while 20 per cent remain closed due to Covid-19 concerns.”
The Sabah government has allowed cross-district travel in the state on March 3 based on the six zones stipulated during the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCI).
Kundasang town in Ranau district is under Zone 1, which includes Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar.