Battle for low-cost hotels, rising costs

Kuching: The Malaysian Budget and Business Hotels Association (MyBHA) has expressed its opposition to unfair price hikes in the budget hotel sector.

The association said in a statement that price adjustments will only be made in response to persistent challenges affecting the industry and affecting both budget hotels’ revenues and operating costs.

The clarification was announced after the MyBHA Sarawak Chapter Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on April 18, where members highlighted several important issues that required government intervention.

Key concerns raised by MyBHA include the unregulated activities of online travel agencies (OTAs), the unchecked expansion of short-term rental accommodation (STRA), the lack of strict enforcement of unlicensed accommodation providers, and the cost of operation. and other factors that increase operating costs. Lower budget hotel revenues.

As a result, MyBHA has appealed to the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamza and other relevant authorities to provide immediate assistance, especially to entrepreneurs and operators of budget hotels in Sarawak. , called for ensuring the sustainability of hotels. business.

The association emphasized the urgency of this support to protect the interests of budget hotel entrepreneurs and operators in the region.

He also reaffirmed his support for the state government’s goal of attracting large numbers of tourists, but said the government should ensure that those who benefit from the arrival of tourists are registered and licensed tourism and hospitality businesses. He emphasized the need to ensure that

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