Starting July 1st 2016, there will be a Langkawi tourist levy for each day of stay that will be imposed on all tourists on the resort island of Langkawi in the Malaysian state of Kedah. This was mentioned by Kedah Tourism Committee chairman Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid on June 19, 2016.
The Langkawi Tourism Promotion Levy will range between RM1 (US$0.25) and RM9 (US$2.20). The new tourist levy will be imposed by the Langkawi Municipal Council City of Tourism and the quantum would depend on the class of accommodation, according to Mr Mohd Rawi.
LANGKAWI TOURIST LEVY FEES
- One-star or Two-star hotels – RM1 per room per night
- Three-star or Four-star hotels, RM3 per room per night
- Five-star hotels, RM5 per room per night
- Six-star hotels, RM7 per room per night
- Seven-star hotels, RM9 per room per night
The chairman who is also the state assemblyman for Ayer Hangat added that the levy was not something new because similar charges had been imposed in Melaka, Penang and Kuala Lumpur to promote the tourism industry and said the amount of levy was minimal and the tourists coming to Langkawi could afford it.
He said that the Kedah state depended a great deal on federal government allocations to promote tourism and the levy would help ease the financial dependence. “If we can collect a satisfactory amount of levy, we can implement more tourism-related programs for the benefit of the tourists,” he added. He said the levy could be eventually extended to other places in Kedah. News from Bernama.