The regulating authority which is responsible for the implementation of provisions and enforcement in the tourism sector is the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. They ensure that the requirements of the Tourism Industry Act and Tourism Vehicles Licensing Act are adhered to.
To start the business, there are four (4) stages the entrepreneur need to go through:
In terms of the legal aspect to start up a hotel business in Malaysia (assuming the building is completed and ready to be occupied), the Company is required to have at least a minimum of 12 approvals to start up the business smoothly. However, depending on the business activities the hotel provides, there may be up to 22 license approvals the Company is required to have.
Any entrepreneur who intends to operate a hotel establishment in Malaysia will be required by the law to have their business registered and licensed. This must be done before operations can commence. The types of licensing that will be required include: