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Malaysian Hotel Taxation Regulations implemented by 1 July 2017

Further to an earlier newsflash from our side this month, we would like to send you a most-to-date statement in relation to the implementation of the Malaysian Hotel Tax.

In an effort to enhance tourism experiences in Malaysia, the government has announced the implementation of a Tourism Tax (TTx), effective from 1 July 2017.

The announcement made and regulated by the Ministry of Finance and the Customs Department of the country states that a tax is charged at a specific rate on tourists staying at any accommodation premises provided by an operator of the said accommodation premises. These overnight addresses are buildings including hostels, hotels, inns, boarding-houses, rest houses and lodging houses.

According to the statement, the government’s decision to implement this tax will be used to develop the tourism industry, its infrastructure and facilities as well to make a more profound effort to protect, preserve and conserve natural sanctuaries, parks as well as cultural and historical heritage sites. The announcement highlighted these regulatory measures to continue delivering tourism for the present and future generations.

The tax rate is 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). These fees will be charged on spot by the respective accommodation provider and required to be paid on spot to the property directly by the customer. Accommodation providers reserve the right to either collect the tax upon check-in or check-out.

Asian Trails Malaysia deeply regrets this measurement taken by the Malaysian government seeing this implemented on such a short notice with still some unclear procedures set in place, but is in the unfortunate position to inform you about this, particularly those customers who already have confirmed their stay with us. Our team will do all possible to inform all customers appropriately about this new tax regulation for tourists. However, we highly appreciate if all our business partners and friends will inform their customers prior to their departure to Malaysia.

For more information, please contact our Asian Trails Malaysia team via res@asiantrails.com.my

Sincerely yours

Asian Trails Malaysia