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Encourage instead of burdening tourists – AirAsia boss disagrees with exit tax

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The government should adopt proactive strategies and policies to spur tourism as opposed to further burdening tourists, according to AirAsia Group Bhd chief executive officer Tony Fernandes.

Therefore, he hopes Putrajaya would reconsider its plan to impose a departure levy for all outbound air passengers, which was to be implemented in June but has since been deferred to after Hari Raya Aidiladha, which falls on Aug 11.

Speaking to Malaysiakini today, Fernandes pointed to the existing hotel and airport taxes to argue that there is no need for an additional tax.

"We are not making Malaysia affordable or welcoming. Furthermore, 2020 is the Visit Malaysia Year. Imposing an exit tax would send the wrong signal...

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