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Foreign tourists pay more for ticket is fair

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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.

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