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Review the flat rate of RM10 per room per night charged on foreign tourists

The Star July 4, 2018

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Govt has decided to maintain tourism tax, says minister

The Star July 30, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The flat rate of RM10 per room per night charged on foreign tourists will be maintained, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi (pic). "Under the administration of the new Government, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has reviewed implementation of the tourism tax. "From the review, the implementation of the tax by advanced countries such as the US, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore and Thailand proved that it brought positive growth to the tourism sector in the long term," Mohamaddin said in a written reply to a question raised by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH-Port Dickson) in Parliament. He noted that Japan and Arab Saudi had recently implemented the tourism tax. Mohamaddin noted that the tax would not burden Malaysians, as it is only applicable to foreign tourists and not local tourists. He added that the RM10 tax imposed was a minimum rate, which would not burden foreign tourists. "To date, there have been no complaints received from foreign tourists over the tax," he added. The tourism tax, which came into effect on Sept 1 last year, charges a flat rate of RM10 per room per night on foreigners staying in hotels or registered private accommodations. On July 3, Mohamaddin announced that the Government would review the tourism tax.

Jul 2018

Minister: Govt to review RM10 tourism tax

The Star Online July 04, 2018

The flat rate of RM10 per room per night charged on foreign tourists needs to be reviewed, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi. “Yes (we will review) because we want to attract tourists, we need to find a method that can be accepted by them and will make it easier for them to visit Malaysia. “If we have the tax too high, people will not want to visit the country, but if we impose a moderate tax or even an acceptable tax more people will come,” he told reporters during his first press conference as minister here yesterday. The tourism tax, which came into effect on Sept 1 last year, charges a flat rate of RM10 per room per night on foreigners staying in hotels or registered private accommodations. Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tay Kok Liang, in an immediate response, said the association welcomes the move to review the tax. “The tourism tax will affect budget and long staying tourists. We should welcome tourists to enjoy our attractions and spend in Malaysia. “The multiplier effect is much more than collecting a ridiculous RM10 per night,” he said. Tan said the tourism tax was generally for specific purposes, such as conservation of tourism sites. — Bernama