THOUSANDS of visitors thronged the MATTA Fair to grab value-for-money travel deals at the Setia SPICE Arena in Relau, Penang.
Organised by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), the event featured 186 exhibition booths including 13 offering pilgrimage tours for Umrah and Hajj.
State Works and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari, who was representing Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, congratulated the organiser for successfully organising this year’s event.
“The state government is committed to making Penang a world-class destination. Roads and infrastructure are continuously upgraded especially those around the Penang International Airport and George Town.
“Flooding also causes problems to the tourism sector and to address this issue, I’ve asked the district engineers to identify waterways that need to be desilted,” he said after launching the event.
Malaysia Airlines stepped forward as the official airline for the second time this year, offering irresistible airfares to domestic and international destinations via participating travel agents.
The airline’s sister company, Firefly also offered discounts up to 20% off for all flights and up to 40% off for group bookings.
C.K Cheah, an engineer, who was looking for cheaper domestic flight tickets when met said he relocated to Penang after securing a job in one of the multinational companies.
“I have been travelling every weekend to Subang because my wife and two daughters are still staying there. I am here to take advantage of the discount.
“I cannot afford to plan my journey at the last minute because it would be very costly,” he said.
Another bargain hunter Muhammad Nasrullah, 33, said he grew up in Hawaii and had stayed there for 16 years.
“I’ve always wanted to revisit Hawaii but planning for a vacation for my family of three is quite troublesome.
“All I need to do at the fair is to find a travel agent to provide me with the best deal,” he said.
First-time exhibitor, Fly Me Holiday Sdn Bhd, offered some unique tour packages not only to Hawaii, but also to Finland and Norway.
Its assistant director Janice Peng commented that the visitor turnout was very encouraging.
“This is our first time joining the fair, and our sales personnel are happy with the number of bookings. We look forward to participating in the next MATTA fair.”
MATTA Fair will return next year with more exciting offers from March 16 to 18.
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