Langkawi to impose levy on tourists from July 1st

LANGKAWI, Malaysia: A levy will be imposed on tourists on the resort island of Langkawi in the Malaysian state of Kedah, from Jul 1 for each day of stay, said Kedah Tourism Committee chairman Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid on Sunday (Jun 19).

The Langkawi Tourism Promotion Levy will range between RM1 (US$0.25) and RM9. It 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.

Tourists staying in one-star or two-star hotels would be charged RM1 per room per night; three-star or four-star accommodation, RM3; five-star accommodation, RM5; six-star accommodation, RM7; and seven-star accommodation, RM9, he told Bernama.

He 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.

Mr Mohd Rawi, who is the state assemblyman for Ayer Hangat, said the amount of levy was minimal and …

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