With the World Health Organisation (WHO) flagging the prospect of the end of COVID-19, hopefully early in 2022, the travel industry is feeling a sense of relief. Malaysia has joined other Asean neighbours in rolling out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign and AirAsia is encouraging people to participate.
The end of COVID-19
The chief of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), however, forecasts a rebound for global tourism even earlier, in the third quarter of 2021. Australian travel expert, Graham Turner agrees, foreseeing that international travel would likely recommence in the second half of 2021.
AirAsia’s Group CEO Tony Fernandes is happy to see development of initiatives such as globally recognised digital health passports. He also sees leisure travel bubbles and contactless travel procedures supporting an international air travel reset in the near future.
….. AirAsia is more than well prepared and can’t wait to paint the skies red once again with many new innovations and digital contactless procedures to ensure the highest standards of guest hygiene and safety.
He added that he is waiting for his turn to take the vaccination and urges everyone to “do the right thing and get the jab so we can all fly high again!” In urging others to help dispel vaccine misinformation and trust the scientists and the experts to see the end of COVID-19, he added:
…. Vaccines are the answer to literally give the global tourism industry and local economies all over the world, a much needed shot in the arm.
AirAsia has expressed its willingness to play an active role in the vaccination campaign. Logistics arm Teleport available to help, including transporting vaccines from China and Russia when they’re available. With their strong Asean network, they can distribute them domestically in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, India and other countries.
As airlines get ready to fly again, AirAsia Group Berhad has announced that Dr Stanley Choi Chiu Fai has joined the Group as a substantial shareholder. His wholly-owned entity Positive Boom Ltd. acquired 167.1 million AirAsia shares in the first tranche of the private placement on 18th February 2021. The investment raises his shareholding in the group to 332.5 million shares equating to a 8.96% stake.
….. I am confident that air travel will bounce back and that under Tan Sri Tony’s and Datuk Kamarudin’s leadership, and with vaccines being rolled out across the region and globally, AirAsia has a very bright future ahead. I look forward to working with everyone at AirAsia. Dr Stanley Choi, Chairman of Head & Shoulders Financial Group