Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017
The annulment of trips by 3,000 Chinese travelers to Malaysia made the tourism department of the country quite concerned. It was reported that it happened due to a new tax the country is all geared up to impose on tourists.
According to Borneo Post, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah expressed that the loss of possible revenue as a result of the cancellations is the fountainhead of the concern.
To quote Abdul Karim, ‘This is what Malaysian Association of Hotels has informed me too and the reason why I wanted to have the enforcement date deferred and not to rush through the tourism tax. I will hold on temporarily.’ He was mentioning to the statement made by Gracie Geikie, Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (Maceos) acting vice-president, which point to the Chinese tourists who decided to call off their plans as a result of the tourism tax they will be compelled to pay. It would amount to RM100,000 ($23,300) approximately.
According to Abdul Karim, he is looking for the postponement of the implementation of the tourism tax until it has been cautiously evaluated.
To quote the minister, ‘It is not to oppose the tax in toto but we want consultation as it affects the state as well as tourism players in the state’.