Ipoh City Council to Engage with Hotel Association Amid Airbnb Operations to Boost Tourism

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The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is set to engage in pivotal discussions with the Perak chapter of the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) as part of a strategic move to address the integration of Airbnb and homestay services within the city. This decision comes amidst efforts to bolster Ipoh’s tourism sector and accommodate the rising demand for diverse lodging options among both local and international visitors.

Ipoh Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin emphasized the council’s commitment to fostering dialogue and finding equitable solutions that benefit all stakeholders in the hospitality industry. “We are proactive in engaging with representatives from the hotel industry to ensure that our tourism sector’s growth is inclusive and considers the needs of all parties,” Rumaizi stated during a press conference.

The initiative underscores Ipoh’s growing appeal as a destination for international tourists, with recent statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) highlighting over 300,000 international visits to Perak last year. The demand for premium accommodations underscores the need for a balanced approach to lodging services, including traditional hotels and emerging platforms like Airbnb.


Perak MyBHA chairman Zamari Muhyi previously expressed concerns over MBI’s decision, advocating for the sustainability of the regulated hotel sector amidst the burgeoning popularity of alternative lodging options. The association also noted that hotel accommodations in Ipoh currently suffice to meet tourist demand, especially during peak periods.

Further, the MBI addressed updates on the RM500,000 grant from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) aimed at enhancing the Perak Stadium’s infrastructure. Discussions are ongoing regarding the upgrade of the drainage system and turf selection, with considerations being made for the preferences of Perak FC, a prominent team in the Malaysian Super League.

By fostering collaborative discussions and strategic planning, the Ipoh City Council aims to cultivate a thriving tourism landscape that accommodates a spectrum of preferences, ensuring the city’s position as a vibrant and welcoming destination for all visitors.

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