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Official MAH Press Release

MAH Press Release - Retabled Budget 2023

Untitled MAH Press Release - Retabled Budget 2023


Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) deeply appreciates the government, allocating a sum of RM 250 million to promote the tourism sector. However, seeing as MOTAC is targeting over 16 million tourist arrivals with RM49.2 billion in revenue for the year 2023, we feel the allocated amount is insufficient as it constitutes to less than 0.6% of the expected receipts.

Additionally, the blanket method of allocation for the tourism industry may not fully reach struggling sectors and address the industry’s needs. Case in point, we were saddened to learn that there are no provisions to aid the recovery of our struggling hospitality industry more so now, when the sector is facing challenges on various fronts.

Hotels throughout the country have had to contend with severe Electricity tariff hike early this year that has resulted in a significant increase in their monthly operational costs. The sector also had to cope with higher minimum wage and lower work hours; as the hospitality sector is very labor-intensive, our industry is very vulnerable to the legislation and have been especially affected by it further stymying our recovery.

MAH hopes that the government will acknowledge our industry’s plight and employ more defined aid to our sector as we are far from recovery by considering the following proposals:

  • Moratorium for the new electricity tariffs to hotels, theme parks and convention centres until the end of 2023 as to provide us time to recover.
  • Provide stimulus package for hotels via a one-off financial aid or continuous added value programs.
  • Introduce special tax allowance or deductions in regards to hotel’s renovations and refurbishment post covid-19.
  • Fast track hotels application for foreign workers.
  • Regulation of Short-Term Accommodations (STA) to ensure a level playing field and safety of guests.
  • Collection of Tourism tax at the country’s entry points to guarantee all inbounds are taxed and not restricted to those that chooses to stay at legitimate hotels.

Lastly, MAH welcomes the Visit Malaysia Year 2025 announced by the government. We hope that in light of the auspicious year, the government will be keen to help our flagging industry in these crucial 2-years interim as part of their preparation for VMY 2025. MAH hopes with the aid of the government, we can provide the patrons and tourists that visit us during VMY 2025 the best Malaysia Hospitality experience we can offer.

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About the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long-term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents more than 900 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 155,287 rooms which is about 65% of the total number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.


MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session.