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(File pix) Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the tourism tax,
which comes into force on July 1, will not affect tourist arrivals to Melaka and
the state is still on track to welcoming 16.75 million
tourists by year-end.
Pix by Rasul Azli Samad
MELAKA: The implementation of the tourism tax, which comes into
force on July 1, will not affect tourist arrivals to Melaka, Chief Minister
Datuk Seri Idris Haron assured today.
He said the state is still on track to welcoming 16.75 million
tourists by year-end.
Idris also pointed out that the state has had experience with
implementing heritage tax on hotel guests,
which did not adversely affect tourist arrivals.
"When we first implemented the heritage tax,
we expected (fewer tourist arrivals), but (more) tourists are coming here because they are confident that the heritage products here are
well taken care of.
"(Tourists) also have the (right to make a
dispute) if they find that the heritage products
are not being properly taken care of," he said at
the state agencies' monthly assembly, hosted
by Telekom Malaysia Melaka at Seri Negeri here today.
Idris added that most tourists would have
factored in taxes into their holiday expenses,
as they are here to enjoy their holiday instead
of evading tariffs.
"The implementation of the tourism tax will enhance the quality of tourism products and services, and this will favour the tourists as
they will be better assured," he said.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz had said that proceeds from the tourism tax would be used for promoting Malaysia overseas and to refurbish tourism facilities.
The tax rate will be fixed at RM20 per room
per night (five-star), RM10 per room per
night (four-star), RM5 per room per night
(one-, two- and three-star), RM2.50 per room
per night (one, two and three Orchid) and
RM2.50 per room per night (non-rated accommodation premises).
Nazri added that the revenue collected
from the tourism tax nationwide will be channelled back to the states.
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