Handy currency services on the go


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 31 Aug 2019

(From left) MATTA honourary treasurer Mohammad Faeez Mohamad Fadhlillah, Au, Sarveswarren and Phua at the press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

WITH Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd on board as the official money changer at the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair, visitors can look forward to cash back and free gifts when they buy currency.

This is the sixth time Merchantrade is working with MATTA Fair, which will be held at PWTC from Sept 6 to 8.

At Merchantrade’s booth, which will be located at F1 to F4, Hall 3, visitors can sign up for the Merchantrade Money Multi-Currency prepaid card (Merchantrade Money) and eForex.

They can also exchange currency at competitive rates.

Merchantrade Money, which was launched early last year, is a prepaid card with a maximum wallet size of RM10,000 supported by a mobile app that gives users full access to the card at any time, locally or overseas.

The card can hold 20 different currencies, including the US dollar, Thai baht and British pound.

As it is a Visa card, it can be used to make cashless payments anywhere worldwide or withdraw cash at Visa-supported ATMs.

Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd chief money services business officer Sarveswarren Raja Gopal said at MATTA Fair, customers who sign up for Merchantrade Money or exchange currencies on the spot will enjoy rewards like cashback offers or free gifts such as luggage bags.

“With Merchantrade Money, customers can lock in the rates directly and not be influenced by fluctuations in the exchange rate.

“Customers find it convenient to travel and have access to currencies without being burdened by having to change currencies, track their spending and carry around cash, ” he said.

He added that those who travel with hard currency can sign up for Merchantrade’s eForex, which allows purchase of foreign currency at any time via a mobile app or website and pick up of purchased currencies later from selected Merchantrade shops at their convenience.

At the press conference held at MATTA’s headquarters at Jalan Metro Pudu 2, it was also announced that Top Media Resources Sdn Bhd is the official augmented reality (AR) guide for MATTA Fair.

Top Media is back for the second year as the fair’s official AR guide.

The public will be able to check out the fair’s attractive promotions and packages one week before the fair through a digital copy of the free eMATTA guidebook.

Some 50,000 free copies of the eMATTA guidebook with AR features will be distributed for free to visitors. These can be scanned using the eMATTA mobile app, available for both Android and iOS devices.

Top Media managing director Amelia Au said there will be a scan and win campaign by Oman Airlines.

“No purchase is required, just scan the QR code in the eMATTA mobile app, fill in the required info and be in the running for an economy ticket to Muscat on Oman Airlines.

“We are also proud to announce a partnership with Turkish Airlines for the second time this year in giving out a pair of economy class tickets to anywhere in Europe. Just download the eMATTA mobile app, show it to our promoters next to the LED screen located on the ground floor near the ticketing counter and be eligible for one lucky draw. There will be other items in the lucky draw and winners will be able to redeem the prize on the spot, ” she said, adding that free WiFi hotspots will be provided.

Au said this time, there will be a newly created AR game for visitors to enjoy.

“It is similar to the popular Fruit Ninja game but our version has Malaysian fruits such as durian, rambutan, banana, mango and starfruit.

“China Airlines is rewarding the top scorer of this game with one economy round trip ticket from Kuala Lumpur to any destination in Asia.

“The other popular Collect the Jewels AR game will reward top scorers with attractive prizes such as EVA Air luggage scale and luggage tags, ” she said.

MATTA chief executive officer Phua Tai Neng advised visitors to use public transportation to get to the fair.“There will be tie-ins with Sunway Putra Mall to provide offers for commuters at selected shops at the mall, ” he said.

The entire exhibition will occupy 29,000sq m, spanning across seven halls featuring 1,397 booths.

It will be open from 10am to 9pm.

Admission is RM4 per person and free for children aged below 12.

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