Malaysia taxes travel by the night

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2017: It’s official Malaysia’s new tourism tax will be effective 1 September at a flat rate of MYR10 (USD2.33) a night.

Malaysians and permanent residents are exempt. Foreign tourists will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room regardless of the accommodation category.

However the Ministry of Tourism clarified that homestays and ‘kampung’ stays registered with the Ministry will not collect the tax, according to The Star Online.

The Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, said that the tax would earn around MYR210 million in revenue annually.

Some of the tax revenue will be used to fund promotions for the tourism industry and strategic projects that will lift the country’s tourism image.

Commenting to The Star Online the Minister said, 3,200 accommodation providers had registered with the Finance Ministry for the tourism tax.

The tax caused a heated debate in tourism and political circles mainly due to the constant revisions and delays on setting the timeframe to introduce the tax, the cost to travellers and a long list of exemptions.

(Source: Star Online)

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking - add your comment!

For security reasons, please complete the arithmetic question on this page to send the comment.

Legal statement on comments
Comments that include blatant advertisements or links to products or company websites that are not relevant the news report will be removed.
Comments that include profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, solicitations or advertising, or other similarly inappropriate or offensive statements will be removed.
You are fully responsible for the content you post. The opinions expressed in comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TTR Weekly. Please report any violations to the editor: donr@rossttr.com .