Implementation of tourism tax remains unsure in Malaysia

Published on : Thursday, June 29, 2017

Malaysia Island HoppingThe possible postponement of the tourism tax to Aug 1 remains unsure in Malaysia.

The country’s Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that the deferment was because the tourism tax was not ready for implementation. However, Nazri declined to speak further on this issue and suggested that the Customs Department be contacted instead.

But the Customs Director-General Datuk T. Subromaniam also did not confirm the news as well and asked the media to wait for an official announcement.

The new tourism tax was initially scheduled to be enforced on July 1 but had met with protests from the Sarawak and Sabah state governments, seeking for its delay. It was reported that there are plans to exempt locals staying at three-star hotels and below from the new tourism tax.

Hotel guests will be charged between RM2.50 and RM20 for overnight stays depending on the type of hotel. Nazri had said that the revenue collected would be used to promote Malaysia overseas and refurbish tourism facilities.


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