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Jumaat, April 19, 2024

Formula to ease burden borne by local tour and travel agents & climbers

KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has come up with a formula to ease the burden caused by the price hike for the Mt Kinabalu Climb permit fee and the entrance fee to Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring, which was implemented on January 1st this year.

Announcing this, Minister Datuk Christina Liew said her ministry has approved the formula after a meeting with the Director of Sabah Parks Dr Maklarin Lakim and his management team on Monday.

“We are giving a three-month grace period from October to December 2022 prior to implementation of the new fees. For paid reservations before January 1st, 2023, we will still adopt the old rate. This is because packages had already been sold before the announcement of the increase in fees on October 26, 2022.
“However, all packages sold after January 1st, 2023 will be based on the new rate,” she said in a statement on Wednesday, in response to public and media enquiries, and to appeals for consideration from the Malaysian Association of tour and travel agents (Matta), Sabah/Labuan Chapter.

The move, Liew said, is to assist our local tour and travel agents as well as their clients.

Last week, a delegation from Matta, Sabah/Labuan Chapter led by Lawrence Chin raised the matter with the Minister during a courtesy call.

As an example, for an adult Malaysian climber, the previous permit fee was RM50, and RM200 for an adult international climber. Both have since increased by 100pc.

As for the entrance fee to the Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring, it was a mere RM3 per adult for locals, and RM15 per adult for international visitors. The current fee is now RM10 and RM50 per adult, respectively.