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140,000 hotel rooms in Malaysia have been checked out, resulting in losses of up to $65 million

Date: 2020-02-15

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has hit a number of industries, with tourism leading the way, with many cancelling travel plans, leading to a quiet travel market and hotel cancellations.

As of February 13, 140,000 hotel rooms at member hotels had been checked out, resulting in cumulative losses of up to rm65 million, said Mr Yip, chief executive officer of the hospitality industry association of Malaysia.

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has hit a number of industries, with tourism leading the way, with many cancelling travel plans, leading to a quiet travel market and hotel cancellations.

On May 13, yip attended an exchange meeting with minister datuk seri seftin, reflecting the plight of hoteliers.

He also hoped that the minister would instruct the Malaysian music copyright company (MRM) not to charge royalties for activities carried out in hotels during this period;At the same time can also exempt the hotel to pay half a year of copyright fees.

He pointed out that at present, every room in the hotel must pay a fee of rm35 to dama music copyright company.