Malaysian tourism tax to be levied from July instead of August

Published on : Saturday, June 10, 2017

tourism malaysiaKUALA LUMPUR: In a new announcement Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday informed that the government would begin imposing its tourism tax from July and not August as reported earlier.


An earlier announcement on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website stated the tourism tax would kick in from Aug 1. The webpage with details on the tax has been taken down.


Mr Nazri also shot down a news report which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed.


“The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance with the country’s procedures, when it is approved by the parliament. If we want to say it has not been gazetted, that’s right, but it cannot prevent the will of our MPs who have unanimously approved to implement this tax, and it will be implemented.


“So our target is Jul 1,” he told reporters following the opening of a seminar.


The tax will be collected from all types of premises used as accommodation for tourists, such as registered hotels and inns, he said.


Rates start from RM2.50 (S$0.80) a room each night at a non-rated accommodation to RM20 a room each night at a five-star accommodation.


During the last session of parliament, the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 tabled by Mr Nazri was approved in a majority vote.


While summing up the debate on the Bill, the minister said the tax would bring in about RM654.62 million in revenues if Malaysia’s 11 million hotel rooms see a 60 per cent occupancy rate.


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