ONLINE accessibility to booking inns and flights has made visiting a breeze for excursion-seekers anywhere.

Today, statistics are readily available at the touch of a finger, and it’s second nature for guests to scour the Internet while making travel plans.

Gone are the days of making room reservations throughugh the telephone because the digital age offers travelers the convenience of searching out data on room fees, promotional costs, and online critiques.

Travelers also habitually flip to international online hospitality offerings with Airbnb and online tour businesses (OTA), including, Agoda, and Traveloka, for promotional deals. This trend has been growing since 2013.


However, instead of complementing small enterprise players, such online services have impacted financial resorts inside the hospitality industry.

Tough competition

Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (BHA) said price range lodges had faced stiff opposition from the net platforms during the last years.

BHA Kuala Lumpur chapter president Kenneth Oh said finances hotels (with three-famous person ratings and below) recorded a 15% to twenty% drop in sales because of competition.

“There are approximately 500 financial motels in Kuala Lumpur, and a few have suffered losses in the past two years.

“This has ended in some operators promoting off their properties because of loss of enterprise,” he stated.
Budget motels are struggling for several reasons.

Aside from an oversupply of accommodations within the metropolis and a decrease in tourism arrivals in the last 12 months, Airbnb and OTA contributed to the competition; in contrast, tourism tax and Sales and Service Tax (SST) were further introduced to the burden of finances lodge operators.

Last year, the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry recorded 25. Eighty-three million travelers are arriving in Malaysia, a decline of zero.4% year-on-year in 2017, which recorded 25.Ninety-five million arrivals.

BHA country president Leong Pui Kun stated that accommodation options (like Airbnb) have been direct competitors to budget motels.

He stated that operators opting for OTA to marketplace finances resort opted for decreased income margin to draw traffic.

“According to Airbnb, it has forty-four 000 listings throughout Malaysia and is developing fast,” he said.

“Women hosts on Airbnb nationwide edearned a combined amount of RM159mil in the in the closing 12 months, and we predict the number to be higher for male hosts.

“This quantity is going out from the resort industry yearly.

“Budget inn operators are desperate for business, so they turn to OTA to manipulate their resort bookings as many think they can find a marketplace for a larger group of customers using OTA platforms.

“Ultimately, this eats into hotel operators’ profitability because 20% to 30% of the room charges are paid as commission to OTA.

“The room prices are also low to maintain fee competitive and to attract clients.

“As a result, finance motel operators earn lower income margins,” Leong explained.

Leong stated that the financial resort enterprise became unviable due to aggregate factors.

He stated a stage-playing subject among all structures was missing.

“For example, Airbnb should not pay tourism tax.

“The fixed rate of RM10 consistent with room in step with the night is charged to foreigners staying in hotels or registered non-public inns.

“Compared to four- and 5-star lodges, this charge is a low percentage of the general room charge, and maximum resort bookings come from the company zone, which does no longer mind paying tourism tax,” he stated.

He noted that travelers preferred Airbnb options because they did not need to pay the tourism tax.

With several months shy of Visit Malaysia Year 2020, the Government must cushion the impact felt via budget resorts by reviewing the tourism tax, said Leong.

“There should be greater incentives from the Government to help the resort enterprise because we, too, contribute to tourism.

“We also are appealing to increase the SST threshold to RM1.5mil compared to RM500,000 now, at which resort operators are taxed,” he stated, adding that the affiliation was in talks with Tourism Malaysia to review the tourism tax.

Presently, financial inns are taxed if they have revenue greater than RM500,000.

Leong started to notice that to see that even everyday clients who used to use their suse their names to make hotel bookings were turning to sOTAs for inexpensive quotes.