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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sabah and Sarawak could ask for higher share of tourism tax
Need for speed: Tourists experiencing the thrill of the region’s first jet boat ride service in Tanjung Aru.
KINABALU: Sabah and Sarawak may seek a more equitable share of the tourism tax
collected from foreigners visiting Malaysia.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said both
states had been carrying their own tourism promotions over the years.
done this at our own cost and I hope this will be taken into account in the
division of the revenue from the tourism tax,” he said after launching the
Smart Hero jet boat service in Tanjung Aru near here yesterday.
he would be discussing the matter soon with his Sarawak counterpart Datuk Abdul
Karim Rahman Hamzah over the phone.
earlier reported that revenue from the tax, expected to be in place by Aug 1,
would be shared equally between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.
Masidi, was appreciative of the Tourism and Culture Ministry’s move to only
impose the tax on foreign visitors, adding that this was also its common stand
said the ministry should consider the RM10 flat rate per room per night only
for tourists staying at four- and five-star hotels.
consider a RM5 flat rate for those staying in hotels rated three stars and
“Such a tax
will be easy to collect as well,” said Masidi, adding that both Sabah and
Sarawak had agreed that the tax should not impede the industry which was
sensitive to changes.
Wednesday, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said the
tax would apply to all hotel categories.
will not be applicable for premises with four rooms or less, homestays and
The tax had
previously met with resistance from Sabah and Sarawak, which were seeking a
deferment on its implementation.
Masidi also launched the region’s first jet boat thrill ride.
15-minute jet boat ride will take passengers to waters near the Tengku Abdul
Rahman marine park islands, allowing them to experience a 360-degree spin.
Smart Hero (Malaysia) Bhd, the rides are similar to those offered at various
rivers and lakes in New Zealand and other countries.
The jet boats can accommodate up to 12 passengers and tickets
cost RM150 each.