IPOH, March 26 (Bernama) — The Perak Budget Hotel Association has given an assurance that it will not raise hotel room rates with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1.
State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the number of visitors to Perak is expected to decline after the implementation of the GST due to negative perceptions about the tax.
“The Malaysian Budget Hotel Association has also agreed that there will be no hotel rate increase with the GST.
“The public perception that prices of goods will go with the GST has affected consumers’ daily expenditure planning, and because holidays are maybe not a main priority, this has affected the tourism sector in Perak,” she told reporters at a GST briefing for travel and tour operators in Perak today.
She said the state government and tourism industry players including travel agencies have also agreed to abolish agency fees once the GST is implemented.