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Tourism Tax to be Implemented in Malaysia

According to latest news, Malaysia will begin to implement tourism tax in August. Is this good or bad for people working in the tourism industry? By having tourism tax in this time of economic downturn, it will no doubt increase the burden of tourist and they will be more cautious when it comes to spending.

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What is Tourism Tax (TTx)?
A tax charged at a specific rate to a tourist staying at any accommodation premises provided by the owner or operator of said accommodation premises.

Why is Tourism Tax implemented?                                                          

  • It is a collaboration between the Government and the industry to enhance tourism experience for tourists.
  • ​The gains will be used to develop the tourism industry, namely the enhancement of tourism infrastructure and facilities, as well as tourism promotional activities and campaigns for the country.
  • To protect, preserve and conserve resources, culture and heritage for the benefit of not just the present generation but also the future generation.

When does it start? 

The start date for the imposition of tourism tax will be 1 August 2017. However, owners and operators of accommodation premises can start registering themselves from 1 July 2017.

Who is the regulator of Tourism Tax?

The Ministry of Finance and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

What is the tourism tax rate?    

The tourism tax rate is fixed according to the ratings below:

  • Five star : RM20/room/night
  • Four star : RM10/room/night
  • One, two and three star : RM5/room/night
  • One, two and three Orchid: RM2.50/room/night
  • Non-rated accommodation premises : RM2.50/room/night

Example: Occupancy of 1 room night and the room charge is RM 160.00 per room/night in a 3 star hotel.

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Although the tax amount might seem insignificant, but when coupled with service tax and consumption tax, it will increase the burden on tourists, affecting their consumption when visiting the country. However, it is not a bad thing for the nation as they will have more money to repair and improve its facilities to be more prosperous. Hopefully the management will be able to make good use of this money!

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【最新消息】马来西亚即将实施旅游稅

根据最新消息,马来西亚将在8月份开始实施旅游稅。这对于旅游业者而言,究竟是好事还是坏事呢?在经济如此不景气的时代,还要增加旅游稅,无疑会增加旅客的负担,在消费方面也会更加的谨慎。

什么是旅游税(TTx?

旅游税是住宿经营者向住宿的旅客征收的特定比率税收。

为何征收旅游稅?                                                           

  • 这是政府与企业携手合作,致力于加深游客的旅游体验。
  • ​税收所得将会用于发展旅游业,提升旅游硬体与软体设施,和作为宣传活动与介绍国家旅游景点之用。
  • 为了保护国家的资源,文化,不只是为了现代,更是为了国家的下一代。

何时开始?

旅游税将从201781起生效。然而,住宿经营者于201771起便可以开始注册。

旅游稅由谁监管?

旅游税将由财政部与马来西亚皇家关税局管制。

旅游稅如何计算?

旅游稅将会根据不同星级的住宿而定

  • 五星级: RM20/房/晚
  • 四星级: RM10/房/晚
  • 一至三星级: RM5/房/晚
  • One, two and three Orchid: RM2.50/房/晚
  • 无评级: RM2.50/房/晚

举例:一间三星级酒店的住宿 一晚RM160 它的收费如下:

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这笔税收的数目虽然看起来不会很大,但如果再加上服务稅以及消费税,林林总总的稅收必定会增加旅客的负担,影响他们在我国的消费。但对于国家而言,却不是件坏事,能够拥有更多的资金去维修以及改善我们的设施,让我国能够更加的兴盛繁荣。只愿管理层能够好好的利用这笔资金吧!

资料来源: 马来西亚关税局网站

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