Malaysia govt to provide 3 incentives to tour and travel companies

Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

tourism malaysiaIn efforts to attract more foreign tourists to the country, the Malaysian government hopes to provide three forms of incentives to tour and travel companies, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

 
He made the comment during the closing ceremony of the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) Tourism Fair 2016 in Kuala Lumpur Sunday.

 
The proposed first incentive was to offer special allowance to company representatives who bring in foreign tourists following joint promotion programmes with Tourism Malaysia, abroad, Zahid Hamidi said.

 
The second incentive was corporate tax reduction for tour operators and agencies which succeeded in attracting foreign tourists.

 
The third incentive is special provisions for tour operators and agencies to cover printing and advertising material costs for promotion.

 
He would be tabling the proposal for the three types of incentives to the Cabinet and hoped Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would give the approval.

 
Ahmad Zahid would be off to China today (Monday) to inform the leaders there of Malaysia’s latest stand on visa exemption for Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia.

 
He said with this move the government has targeted the arrival of eight million Chinese tourists with an average spending of RM3,345 per person which can generate a yearly revenue of RM22.11 billion.

 
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid had said tourism was an important sector in contributing to the national income and a fast way to help revive the economy.

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