Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan
Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan

George Town is back to being a backwater – it’s as if Penang’s tourism boom never happened. Blame the coronavirus travel curbs

  • International borders have been shut for a year, and domestic travel to George Town, the jewel in Malaysia’s tourism crown, ground to a halt in January
  • Still, a mural artist is busy adding new street art to the city’s walls, and optimists see the pause in tourism as a chance for Penang to reflect on its assets

Topic |   Coronavirus Malaysia
Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan
Closed shophouses in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Strict coronavirus lockdown has left many businesses struggling to survive. Photo: Kit Yeng Chan
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