Call To Extend Fuel Subsidy To Tour Bus Operators

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents has urged the government to extend fuel subsidies to tourism vehicles including all types of licensed tourism vehicles in the upcoming subsidy allocation in June 2024.

The association which represents over 3,000 tour and travel companies in Malaysia said the industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many tour operators struggling to stay afloat adding that by providing subsidies for tour buses would provide much-needed relief for these companies as domestic tourism starts to recover.

According to Nigel Wong, President of MATTA, “School and express busses currently receive fuel subsidies from the government. We hope the government will consider extending this to tourism vehicle operators as well. The tourism industry desperately needs help to remain competitive and fuel costs are a major expense for tour operators.”

With the recent increase in tourism footfall in Malaysia, “Bus Persiaran has become essential for facilitating travel within the country for tourists. By extending the fuel subsidy to include Bus Persiaran, tour operators can reduce operational costs, offer more competitive pricing, and attract even more visitors to Malaysia as a travel destination,” said Wong.

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