Grant for budget hotels welcomed with relief

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The matching maintenance grant of RM 30 million for 738 budget hotels and host families registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has been a great relief for the tourism industry.

However, the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association Penang questioned the number of hotels and host families listed, as the total number registered nationwide was much higher.

“In Johor alone, there are over 400 hotels,” association secretary Lau Eng Leong said.

“As such, there could be over 3,000 such hotels across the country in need of assistance.

“What the government will have to do is meet with the association on the best way to disburse the funds, because we would also like to know the criteria used.”

Visitors seen at Penang Hill lower station last month. The funds announced in the Budget for hotels and host families as well as the promotion of tourism will help the state.

Penang Malaysian Hotel Association President K. Raj Kumar said Penang as a national tourist destination will benefit from the RM 60 million fund for tourism promotion activities.

“While we welcome the award, details of how promotional activities will be carried out in states like Penang should be given.

“Apart from the Langkawi bubble, the borders are still closed to international tourists.

“Any effective measure to promote local tourism will boost the economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Penang Consumers Protection Association has spoken out in favor of the sales tax exemptions for passenger vehicles for an additional six months, announced in the 2022 budget.

Association president Datuk K. Koris Atan said the news was the most timely as tax exemptions would ease the burden on the population during this period of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Vehicles are no longer a luxury.

“They are needed by the B40 community to operate their businesses, so extending the sales tax exemption will be of great help,” he said.

Koris pointed out that insurance costs for vehicles have increased over the years, so now is not the time to impose sales tax on people.


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