New system for tourism licensing matters from Nov 1

PUTRAJAYA: Beginning Nov 1, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry will replace the existing Tourism Industry Licensing System (SPIP) with the Tourism Licensing and Enforcement System.

The ministry said SPIP, a portal for tourism sector licensing matters including applications, renewals and changes to the sector’s licence status, is set to close from Oct 1.

With the shutdown, the deadline for all licence applications in SPIP, such as for tour operating business and travel agency business, tourism training institutes, tour guides, tour buses and rental cars (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) and applications for registration of tourism accommodation premises, is on Sept 30.

“All application data that has been successfully processed and approved through the SPIP system will be migrated to the new system,” said the ministry today.

Applications that are incompletely processed can be re-applied in the Tourlist system and are eligible for repayment of the processing fee that has been made in SPIP.

The ministry said that during the SPIP closure period, applicants could submit applications manually at its headquarters counter, each state office and that of the Tourism Licensing and Enforcement Division by submitting a physical application form that can be found at from Oct 1.


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