In the context of efforts to reactivate the tourism activities of the country, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the tourist tax will be fully exempted from July 1 to June 30 next year.
While the Prime Minister acknowledged that tourism was seriously affected by the COVID- 19 pandemic, the hotel tax exemption was also extended until 30 June 2021.
He said that the deferment from 1 April to 30 Sept had also been extended by three more months from 1 Oct till 31, when tax payments were deferred for players of the tourism industry such as travel companies, hotel operators or airlines.
“The personal income tax relief of RM1,000 given for domestic tourism expenses will also be extended to Dec 31, 2021,” he said when announcing the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) live over national radio and television yesterday.
Muhyiddin also said that he was aware of the concerns from the industry players about the creative, entertainment, events, and exhibition sectors.
“As such, several programmes and dedicated funding totaling RM225 million to revive the country’s creative industry will be implemented through the cooperation between MyCreative Ventures, MDEC, and the private sector,” he added.