Kuala Lumpur, June 7: The Malaysian Customs Department are planning to collect a tourism tax from August 1 for overnight stay surcharge in any type of accommodation in the country, said media reports.
The tax would apply on Malaysians and foreigners staying in any accommodation either on holidays or on business trips.
The tax surcharge in five-star hotels will be $4.69 per night; $2.34 for the four-star; $1.17 for one to three-star; and $0.59 for unrated accommodations.
No tax would be apply on hotels with less than 10 rooms and those managed by nonprofit religious organisations.
It generates $153 million on a 60 per cent occupancy rate from the 11 million rooms available in the country, according to Minister of Tourism and Culture Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.