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Foreign tourists pay more for ticket is fair

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/10/focus/11075478&sec=focus

I refer to this letter, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/9/focus/11071241&sec=focus which disagree on dual ticketing system for local and foreign tourists.

Dual ticketing system is a standard practice in many countries in Asia. The system is fair to locals who have to bear for huge development costs for tourism infrastructure through taxation like income tax, sales tax, etc.

The amount of tax payable by foreign tourists during their visit is insufficient to cover the overall development cost, therefore higher ticket price for foreign tourists is indirect taxation to reclaim huge cost in infrastructure expenses like a few hundred millions spent on Melaka River beautification project.

Dual ticketing system actually is not a discriminatory policy, but it’s a more balanced and fair policy to recover cost from local and foreign tourists. Besides, cheaper tickets for locals encourage more domestic tourism and reduce the outflow of cash to foreign countries.

Tourists should not be made to pay more

LATELY, there have been many news reports regarding the promotion of Malaysia (and Malacca) as a tourist destination, by the Tourism Ministry and the state government.

The idea is to generate more interest in Malaysia, increase the tourism revenue and at the same time ensure more jobs for locals.

People around the world who have heard about Malaysia book their flights, arrange their accommodation and travel itinerary, and go through the hassle and immigration to finally get here.

These tourists visit our various attractions, such as the zoo in A’Famosa, Malacca Zoo, then onto the Menara Taming Sari or to the Go Kart circuit in Ayer Keroh … and then they realise the “discriminatory clause” that non-MyKad holders have to pay more!

Imagine this scenario: I bring my friend from Hong Kong to the Menara Taming Sari, and while I only have to pay RM15, my friend from Hong Kong has to pay RM25.

So a person who has travelled and spent money to come to Malaysia must now PAY MORE than average to enjoy the views.

Truly, if I was a tourist, I would at least like to have a feeling that I am not being “cheated”.

If I was a tourist, I would not visit Malaysia again.

Possibly that is why, Malaysia is still struggling to be a choice for tourists.

Think about this. You set your priorities/ goals and you create the environment that facilitates them.

RONNIE CHONG,
Malacca.

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