The Domestic Travel Stimulus is a financial incentive to Sabah-based tour operators to stimulate domestic travel to Sabah. This is a fairer distribution initiative for tourism stakeholders that will benefit tour operators, accommodation provider, product owners and tourist guides that generally had been left out from the "Sabah New Deal" package. Applications will be processed by a Committee and payment of incentive will be carried out post-tour.
Why the Incentive Scheme?
This Incentive Scheme is aimed to make Sabah tour packages more competitive compared to other states in Malaysia and create enthusiasm in Peninsular Malaysia's holiday makers to visit Sabah.
This Incentive Scheme can also help to subsidize additional cost incurred resulting from the implementation of health and safety protocols due to Covid-19 that tour operators have to bear.
Existing DTS Criteria Set by MATTA
Who can apply:
This is a crucial period to boost domestic travel before the (probable) opening of international borders in 2021.
DTS Incentive Eligibility:
Claimants (e.g. Sabah-based tour operators/resort operator/product owner) must show proof of boarding pass, invoice of hotel accommodation and fill up the required forms. These are essential to safeguard against financial mishandling of this initiative.
Date of Submission for Compulsory Documents
by the 15th of each month, together with the following:
The application to be submitted together with the following compulsory documents before the 15th of each month by the claimants:
How to Apply?
Domestic Travel Stimulus
C/O General Manager
Sabah Tourism Board
51 Jalan Gaya
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Travelling by Air
Copies of both arrival and departure boarding passes are required (we also accept copy of return flight tickets as proof of travel)
Travelling by Sea
Copy of purchased return ferry/boat tickets
Travelling by Land
Proof of travel that includes passport stamping during the arrival and departure (applicable for land transfers from Sarawak/ Labuan)
For guests travelling within Sabah by land, tour operators must submit the tax invoice of the purchased 3D/2N package with accommodation
It should be both - same traveling period and the same package tour.
No. The pax(s) from different groups cannot be grouped together. It has to be from the same group of family and/or friends, same travelling period with same package tour.
Children paid with a full package amount (children's rate) will be counted and entitled for the DTS claims.
No. The copy of the invoice is required as proof of length of stay.
This is up to your company's discretion.
No. The DTS claim is only applicable to licensed tour operators registered in Sabah and resort/product owners.
No. Only tour operators with a valid license are eligible to apply and claim the DTS.
Only the Kota Kinabalu based tour operators are entitled to claim for the DTS provided the criteria is met.
Both the KK and Sandakan based tour operators can claim the DTS incentive, provided both companies fulfil the criteria.
Yes, as long as the criteria is fulfilled.
If a resort operator with valid MOTAC license sells directly to a consumer,then they are entitled to claim the DTS as long as they fulfil the criteria.
If a resort/dive operator sells its packages through a KK agent, only the KK agent can claim the DTS as long as they fulfil the criteria
Only the Sabah tour operator counterpart is eligible to claim the DTS incentive.
Further information: helpdesk.sabahtourism.com (Marketing)