A BANK executive went home with two return business class air tickets to London when she won the grand prize in the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair March 2019 Buyers’ Contest.
Nuriznina Abu Seman, 37, said it had been her dream to visit London.
She would be taking her sister on the trip as they had visited the MATTA Fair March 2019 together to buy a holiday package for their families.
“I bought flight tickets and hotel stays for a trip to China for eight people, worth RM33,000,” she said at the contest prize presentation in Kuala Lumpur.
Nuriznina said she visited MATTA Fair for the first time in 2011 to book a holiday and had won an iPhone from the Maxis lucky draw then, so this was the second time Lady Luck was smiling on her.
She was among 31 winners in the international category. The grand prize was courtesy of Malaysia Airlines.
Visitors had to spend a minimum of RM300 on an international package or RM100 on domestic travel packages to be eligible for the contest that offered prizes worth over RM200,000. Other prizes included outbound flight tickets, cruise vacations, theme park admission tickets and hotel stays.
The domestic category saw 10 winners who were presented with MATTA travel vouchers worth RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM1,000 as the three main prizes as well as air tickets to domestic destinations.
IT executive Vincent Pung, 50, won the RM5,000 voucher.
“I bought the four-day cruise package for RM2,000 during the fair. Now that I have won a travel voucher. I will go for a holiday with my best friend,” he said.
Telemarketing executive P. Sivakumar, 42, said he and his wife bought a cruise package for RM5,600 for four people, besides a flight-and-hotel package worth RM5,000 to go to Sri Lanka.
“I feel great as I got another cruise vacation package from the contest,” he added.
At the event, MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said there was a record number of 113,685 visitors to the MATTA Fair March 2019, with estimated sales of RM220mil.
He said the numbers reflected the economic recovery.
He also congratulated the 41 Buyers’ Contest winners.
The contest had received 159,202 international entries and 46,617 domestic entries, with a combined spend of more than RM52mil.
“Based on the summary report from the MATTA Fair Buyers’ Contest, the leading domestic destination is Kuala Lumpur, followed by Selangor, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Pahang.
“For international destinations, it was Japan, China, Malaysia, Turkey and South Korea,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Tan said the success of the travel fair was thanks to exhibitors giving more value-added products and offering new holiday destinations to visitors.
“MATTA Fair will return to Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, from Sept 6 to 8.
“We will continue to encourage the exhibitors to give fresh packages and the sponsors to give better products to attract customers,” he said.
He said MATTA had become a household brand which travellers look out for to purchase their holiday packages.
“The exhibitors also know that they have to offer competitive prices with good service and attractive packages while visitors invest time in talking to consultants to get better bargains,” he said, adding that each MATTA fair continued to record increased sales.
Tan also said that secondary cities in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam were the emerging holiday destinations.
Winners from the Buyers’ Contest won flight tickets to 29 local and international destinations after visiting the 47th edition of MATTA Fair. Also present at the prize-giving ceremony was MATTA chief executive officer Phua Tai Neng.