Private lodging operators told to register with govt


A variety of dumplings on display at the celebration held in Wisma Chin Woo. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

ALL homestays and Airbnb lodging operators in Perak are urged to register with Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) to help the state government gauge the performance of the accommodation industry.

State Tourism Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said it would give the state a clearer picture and more accurate information to better plan for the tourism industry.

“Tourism Perak conducted a check and found about 300 such accommodation in the state.

“They are mainly registered with online travel agents like Agoda, Traveloka and Booking.com,” he told reporters after opening a Dumpling Festival celebration at Wisma Chin Woo in Ipoh. The celebration saw the coming together of various Perak Chinese Guild Associations.

He said the registration process was also important as it would allow insurance coverage for guests.

“Many foreign tourists are concerned about the lack of insurance coverage if they stay at these premises,” he explained.

Tan said Motac had started the process since early this year to register homestays and Airbnb establishments, and operators would have until the end of this month to register for free.

“This means a waiver of the RM20 processing and RM50 registration fees.

“The operators need only provide the Companies Commission of Malaysia certificate, operating licence, basic room information and contact details,” he added.

On another matter, Tan said there would be a meeting with tourism industry players to brief them about the state government’s plan for the second half of the year.

He said it would be held between the end of this month and early July.

“We know there has not been much engagement with industry players of late.

“We want to brief them about our plans and let them know of facilities, including grants, that they could apply for,” he said.

“We will also discuss the pricing and flight details for the Ipoh-Guangzhou and Subang-Ipoh-Pangkor routes, as well as get their feedback on other related matters,” he added.On the call by Perak Tourism Association to revive the former Majestic Station Hotel building at Ipoh Railway Station, Tan said the state planned to meet with Railway Asset Corporation (RAC) and Transport Minister Anthony Loke to discuss it.

He said the state was mulling the possibility of joint ventures with RAC to develop the former hotel and other idle train stations and railroads in Perak.

“We are currently listing out all their idle assets, including the Victoria Bridge, to see what we can do with them,” said Tan.


   

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