Bonus treats for lucky travellers

Lucky draw winners celebrating at the MATTA Fair September 2019 Buyers’ Contest prize-presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

DOZENS of travellers scored bonus travel treats when the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) selected the lucky draw winners in a prize-giving ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The winners of the MATTA Fair September 2019 Buyers’ Contest walked away with prizes such as RM5,000 travel vouchers for domestic travel and economy class round-trip air tickets for two to Shanghai, Seoul and Amman, with one prize worth RM50,000.

MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the winners at the prize-giving ceremony at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) represented just 0.2% of all buyers who visited the three-day fair.

He said this meant the winners were indeed very lucky.

“There were 4,999 participants in the MATTA Fair September 2019 Buyers’ Contest, with over 100,000 entries in the Inter-national category and over 30,000 entries in the Domestic category.”

Buyers stood a chance to win prizes by spending a minimum of RM100 on domestic travel at the fair, entitling them to one entry in the contest, while visitors who spent a minimum of RM300 on overseas travel were eligible for one entry in the International category.

Eligible buyers then had to answer three questions correctly before being placed in the running for the lucky draw.

The lucky ones were randomly selected by MATTA Fair media partners – The Star, China Press and Berita Harian.

The grand prize winner for the buyers’ contest in the Inter-national category received two business class return air tickets from Kuala Lumpur to London courtesy of Malaysia Airlines.

Tan Yik Tak, 36, from Subang, was delighted as he stood on stage to receive the prize from Kok Liang, who was accompanied by Malaysia Airlines sales head Roslan Ismail.

In the Domestic category, Eric Tay, 42, walked away with the top voucher worth RM5,000, which can be used to purchase travel tickets anywhere domestically.

Some winners walked away with not just free air travel but also accommodation, such as the winner who scored a 4D/3N stay at a four-star hotel and Malaysia Airlines round-trip tickets for two persons from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, courtesy of Golden Destinations, while another lucky winner received a round-trip economy class ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, courtesy of Turkish Airlines.

Other destinations on the list of lucky draw prizes included Auckland, Beijing, Taiwan, Brisbane, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Kalibo and Bangkok.

Some won a four-night Port Klang and Phuket cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas cruise liner.

“The MATTA Fair in September at PWTC saw over 1,300 booths taken up, ” said Kok Liang, adding that the fair attracted more than 100,000 visitors with estimated sales topping the RM200mil mark.

He also expressed his appreciation to partners, sponsors and exhibitors who had contributed collectively 14 prizes in the Domestic category and 34 prizes in the International category.

Airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Royal Jordanian Airlines were among the sponsors for the lucky draw prizes.

The next MATTA Fair returns to PWTC in March 2020.

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