"However, the ministry has not received a full feedback (on that)," he said when asked on the latest development over the implementation of the new tax which was expected to generate RM210 million in revenue annually.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017 nominees here today, Mohamed Nazri said there was no issue involving the refusal of tourists to pay the tax.
"We have to understand it is a norm to pay tourism tax in other countries. So, it is not an issue here," he said on complaints that budget hotel operators had to bear the tax after tourists refused to pay the imposed amount.
Meanwhile, the minister invited local and international tourism industry players to submit nominations for the 14 categories being contested in the biennial awards.
The official forms can be obtained from the Tourism Malaysia offices and at all 22 Tourist Information Centres nationwide. Alternatively, the forms can also be downloaded from www.tourism.gov.my and www.motac.gov.my.
All entries can be submitted via email at [email protected]