PARLIAMENT | The RM10 per night tax on hotel rooms is not a burden on foreign tourists, says Tourism, Art and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi.
In a parliamentary written reply, Mohamaddin stated that his ministry had conducted a review on the tax, and said the experience of other countries showed that it brought long-term benefits.
Among other countries he cited are the United States, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
“The tax which has been in force since Sep 1 last year… only applies to foreigners. The tax does not burden the citizens of this country.
“The tax rate of RM10 equates to only US$2.50 or €2.10 per room, per night. This is a very minimum rate and does not burden tourists.
“So far, we have not received complaints from foreign tourists,” the minister said in reply to a question from Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (Harapan-Port Dickson).
Mohamaddin had said earlier this month that the RM10 tax – which came under heavy criticism from industry players when it was first introduced – would be reviewed.