Although the levy means extra cost to the tourist, the state exco for tourism ironically says the move is to promote tourism
KUAH — June 20, 2016: Beginning July 1, Langkawi will impose a levy of between RM1 and RM9 on tourists for every day of stay on the resort island.
The quantum of the levy called the Tourism Promotion Levy will depend on the class of accommodation.
Tourists staying in one-star or two-star hotels will pay RM1 per room night; RM3 for three-star or four-star, RM5 for five-star, RM7 for six-star and RM9 for seven-star accommodation.
In rationalising the decision, Kedah Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohd. Rawi Abdul Hamid said a similar levy is being charged by Malacca, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Rawi said this after handing over Aidilfitri donations to about 600 needy people in Ayer Hangat here yesterday.
He considered the amounts as minimal and something the tourist can afford.
According to Rawi, Kedah depends a great deal on federal government allocations to promote tourism and the levy would help ease the financial dependence.
“If we can collect a satisfactory amount of levy, we can implement more tourism-related programmes,” he said. — Bernama