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Malaysia New Tourism Tax for Hotels, Hostels and Homestays

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Malaysia New Tourism Tax for Hotels, Hostels and Homestays

Updated: The new Malaysia Tourism Tax for Hotels will start from 1st September 2017. It will be flat rate of RM 10 for all hotel types and Malaysians are not required to pay.

Effective from 1st July 2017, there will be a new Tourism Tax in Malaysia. The new Tourism Tax will be moderated by The Ministry of Finance and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

This new tourism tax was debated in parliament a couple weeks ago and now it will be implement from 1st July 2017.

Why is Tourism Tax implemented?

It is a mechanism of cooperation between the Government and the industry to enhance tourism experience for tourists.

​The returns will be used to develop the tourism industry, namely the enhancement of tourism infrastructure and facilities, as well as tourism promotional activities and campaigns for the country.

To be used to protect, preserve and conserve Mother Nature, culture and heritage for the benefit of not just the present generation but also the future generation.

How does Tourism Tax works?

The tourism tax rate is fixed according to the ratings below:
five star: RM20/room/night
four star: RM10/room/night
one, two and three star: RM5/room/night
one, two and three Orchid: RM2.50/room/night
non-rated accommodation premises: RM2.50/room/night (hostels/homestays)


How is tourism tax calculated?


Tourism tax is calculated on room nights based on the rating of the accommodation premises.



Occupancy of 1 room night and the room charge is RM 160.00 per room/night in a 3 star hotel.


​Room charge/room/night RM 160 x 1  room/night​ ​RM 160.00
​Service charge (10%) ​RM 160 x 10% ​RM 16.00
​GST (6%) ​RM 176 x 6% ​RM 10.56
​TTx (3 star) ​RM 5 x 1  room/night ​RM 5.00
​TOTAL RM 191.56​


For more information on the new Tourism Tax, please check out the official website of Malaysia Goods and Service Tax (GST).


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