Govt to standardise regulations and taxes for hotels and Airbnb, says Mustapa

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  • Monday, 14 Sep 2020

MELAKA (Bernama): The standardisation of several issues involving the hotel sector and Airbnb, such as regulations and taxes, will be finalised soon, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (pic).

He said the move was to give a new lease of life to the tourism industry, especially hotel operators, who are more affected than Airbnb operators by the Covid-19 pandemic as they are bound by regulations.

It is also part of the government's efforts to help revive the tourism sector towards restoring the country’s economy, he added.

He said discussions on the matter were in progress between the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, Housing and Local Government Ministry and state governments, with a committee chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali tasked to resolve issues.

"In business, we have the concept of 'level playing field' meaning we have to be fair to all.

“So, if one component is subject to various rules while another sector is not, of course this is not fair," he told a media conference after a dinner and discussion with stakeholders of the tourism industry in Bandar Hilir here last night (Sept 13).

Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali, State Secretary Datuk Seri Hasim Hasan, and State Tourism, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Jailani Khamis.

Mustapa also said the government was in the final stages of considering applications for allocations under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) from the states.

Citing Melaka as an example, he said the state had applied for RM100mil for a cable car development project and RM25mil for the maintenance of several tourist destinations.

The matter will be discussed with the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister before any decision is made, he added. – Bernama

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