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Published on : Monday, June 20, 2016
In a bid to become self-dependent with regards to tourism revenue, the Langkawi Municipal Council City of Tourism has decided to impose a levy of between RM1 and RM9 on tourists for every day of stay on the resort island. The new rule will come into effect from July 1.
Kedah depended a great deal on federal government allocations to promote tourism and the levy would help ease the financial dependence a little, Kedah state Tourism Committee chairman Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid said.
Justifying the levy, he said it was not something new because similar charges had been imposed in Melaka, Penang and Kuala Lumpur to promote the tourism industry.
Mohd Rawi, who is the state assemblyman for Ayer Hangat, said the amount of levy was minimal and the tourists coming to Langkawi could afford it.
The quantum of the Langkawi Tourism Promotion Levy would depend on the class of accommodation.
Tourists staying in one-star or two-star hotels would be charged RM1 per room per night; three-star or four-star accommodation, RM3; five-star accommodation, RM5; six-star accommodation, RM7; and seven-star accommodation, RM9, Bernama quoted him as saying.
He further noted that the levy could be eventually extended to other places in Kedah state on the mainland. (US$1=RM4.16)