MAH Penang welcomes state government assistanceV. Sivaji | April 28, 2020 | 0 | Events , Happening Now , Penang , Travel
The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang chapter welcomes the consideration made by the state government to look into the waiver of hotel fees as announced during the recent Penang Tourism Roundtable Discussion: Penang Tourism, The Next Norm.
“On behalf of MAH Penang Chapter, I have informed my members on the announcement of suspending the collection of the Hotel Fees for 6 months by our Chief Minister.
“We welcome this proposal as it will help to encourage more local visitors when they start to travel again as any initiatives taken to boost tourism is most welcome by the hotel industry,” said MAH Penang Chapter chairman Khoo Boo Lim in a press statement.
He added that the hotels have suffered a lot from this crisis and we have to go back to basics in order to build back what the hotels have loss.
“We expect tourism to be one of the last industry to pick up so I would like to propose to the State Government to provide some travel incentives for these visitors so that Penang will be the first choice of destination for them,” said Khoo.
Khoo also added that the Kedah government has agreed earlier last month to waive hotel room fees for all hotels in Langkawi for six months effective March to support the industry hit by Covid-19.
Meanwhile, their MAH Melaka counterparts, along with Melaka Tourism Association (MTA), Malaysian Association of Tours and Travel Agents Melaka, Malaysia Hotel Budget Association Melaka have also voiced similar sentiments early this month for waiver of the Heritage and Tourism taxes from April to December.
“As Penang hotel industry has also experienced such drastic impact caused by the outbreak, we would welcome any support and exemptions for the industry to aid its’ recovery.”
“MAH Penang welcomes all positive initiatives made by the state government in tourism recovery efforts and supports state exemptions and waivers made to alleviate the burden shared by the tourism players amid Covid-19 crisis,” he said.
In the meantime, Plenitude Bhd announced that they will be closing the Mercure Penang Beach and Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences in Penang.
Another of their property in Ipoh, the Travelodge Ipoh will also be ceasing operations.
In Ipoh, there are three casualties since the MCO was enforced, the hotels are the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Tower Regency Hotel and Travelodge Ipoh so far.