Airbnb in discussions with authorities to get tourism tax
KUALA LUMPUR: Airbnb, an online marketplace for hospitality service, is in discussions with the relevant authorities and ministries to implement the voluntary collection agreement (VCA) to get tourism tax.
Airbnb Southeast Asia head of Public Policy Mich Goh said Airbnb had conducted similar VCAs far away and hoped it might do exactly the same in Malaysia.
“VCA is really a tool created by Airbnb to get taxes from its host and guest community and remit it with the person. This can help facilitate a streamlined process and lighten the administrative burden for government and locals, and also our hosts,” yesterday she said in a press conference.
The tourism tax was implemented last September and charges an interest rate of RM10 per room per night for foreigners who stay at hotels.
“The mechanism will be exactly like hotels if it’s implemented on Airbnb properties,” she said.
On the regulation part, Goh said Airbnb had signed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with Malaysian Productivity Council (MPC) to go over on short-term accommodation and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation to market digital inclusion in tourism.
“Within the MoC with MPC, Airbnb will share relevant data and guidelines to inform tips about short-term accommodation policies in Malaysia.
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“Through this collaboration, Airbnb will help MPC in shaping national policy plans linked to the development of tourism infrastructure and industry, along with local communities,” she said.
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As, Airbnb had recorded two million guests during the past 12 months, marking a 99 % year-on-year growth.
Airbnb’s top five inbound market for overseas guest arrivals to Malaysia are from Singapore, China, america, Indonesia, in addition to Australia.
“Airbnb community has contributed RM200.4 million to the neighborhood economy and typically, per year a bunch rents an area for 19 nights, earning about RM5,200,” said Goh. — Bernama