GEORGE TOWN: The Local Government Fee to be imposed on all hotel guests in Penang from June 1 will also have to be paid by those staying in unlicensed and unrated hotels.
The latest visitpenang.gov.my newsletter stated that these hotels were encouraged to apply for their licences as soon as possible and that the local council would help ease the process for them to obtain their licences.
The fees to be paid by the guests vary according to the type of hotel they stay in, with RM3 to be charged per room per night for four-star and five-star hotels and RM2 per room per night for three-star hotels and below including dormitories, budget hotels, hostels and guest houses.
"The fee will be imposed on all hotel guests from June 1 regardless of whether the bookings were made prior to the enforcement date," the newsletter read.
The proceeds generated from the fees will be utilised for the development and promotion of tourism infrastructures in Penang.
A committee called the Penang Local Government Fee Committee, chaired by the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and represented by the local council and hotel association, will be the deciding body on how the fees will be used effectively.
The newsletter also stated that for June, the fee collected by the hotels will be submitted to the local government by the end of the month but from July, the fee will be submitted every two months.