Record number of exhibitors at MATTA Fair Penang





Wong (in beige jacket) and MATTA Penang Chapter chairman Vergis Mathews (in dark grey jacket) posing for a  group photo with representatives from several travel agencies at Setia SPICE. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Wong (in beige jacket) and MATTA Penang Chapter chairman Vergis Mathews (in dark grey jacket) posing for a group photo with representatives from several travel agencies at Setia SPICE. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

VISITORS will be spoilt for choice at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Penang 2019, this time with a record number of booths.

The three-day fair starting today till Sunday features 264 exhibition booths from 10am to 9pm at the Setia SPICE Arena, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Bayan Lepas.

MATTA honorary secretary- general Nigel Wong (pic) said the fair would be larger than last year as there would also be exhibitors at the concourse area.

“It will not just be confined to the arena.

“We expect a larger crowd, with more booths and offers awaiting visitors.

“There will be 264 exhibition booths by 42 travel and tour agencies, five state tourism offices, two national tourism organisations, 16 hotels, resorts and theme parks as well as two airlines among others.

“The products offered will specifically cater to the Penang market,” he said.

Wong said by spending a minimum of RM200 on travel packages, buyers stand to win 29 prizes worth RM30,000 in the Buyers’ Contest.

The top prize is a round-trip business class ticket from Penang to Xiamen courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. - Nigel Wong

“The top prize is a round-trip business class ticket from Penang to Xiamen courtesy of Malaysia Airlines, our official airline.

“The other prizes include air tickets, cruise holidays, hotel vouchers and theme park tickets,” he said.

Wong said a daily lucky draw would be held for visitors to win air tickets and hotel stays, courtesy of Golden Destinations.

“There is a round trip for one person (economy class ticket) to Sydney, Australia, for four days and three nights inclusive of accommodation.

“There are other similar prizes such as to Shanghai, China and Bali, Indonesia,” he said.

Wong said a blood donation drive would be held at the concourse area in support of the National Blood Bank as part of MATTA’s corporate social responsibility programme.

“There will be an awareness campaign on the importance of kidney health by the National Kidney Foundation at the concourse as well,” he said.

Wong said the fair is not just for overseas trips.

“The regional and domestic holidays are where MATTA truly shines, as we have products for every market sector.

“There are many things to do and see in our country,” he said, adding that travellers should always be equipped with sufficient travel insurance to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstances.

Northern Region , Matta Fair 2019