The state government will be exempting tax rate payment of tickets for theme park operators until December 31, 2020. Hotels registered with local authorities (PBT) are also exempted from payment of operation license renewal.
According to Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who was present at the launching ceremony of the first phase of ‘Travel Vouchers #TravelPeraklah’ programme yesterday on June 18, both exemptions are the best approach for the revival of economic and tourism sectors in the state.
“About 15.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) comes from the tourism industry, making it one of the biggest contributors to the nation’s economy,” he stated. “3.7 million job opportunities in Malaysia are also made possible thanks to the tourism industry.
“Thus, it is only reasonable that the state government of Perak assists and supports the hospitality industry hard-hit by the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in controlling the spread of COVID-19,” Faizal expressed.
“RM10.84 million was allocated to revive the state’s tourism industry,” he added. “Few initiatives have been planned to renovate tourism infrastructures in the state and to upgrade and diversify the tourism encouragement strategy by Tourism Perak.”
RM4.3 million have also been allocated to help 1,500 individuals who lost their jobs and to maintain existing jobs in multiple sectors. It is part of the Labour Transformation Programme initiative.
Faizal posited that the state government is in a serious commitment to spur Perak’s tourism sector.
“With the state government’s full support, I’m confident that the state’s tourism sector will recover in the soonest time and regenerate the economy, reopening job opportunities for Perakeans,” he enthused.