Shanghai trip for one lucky retiree

Malaysia Airlines northern region commercial division sales executive Abby Sik (left) and Wong (right) with MATTA Fair Penang October 2019 Buyers’ Contest winners (from second left) Khoo and Soo at Prestige Hotel in George Town.

A RETIREE was over the moon when he won a return trip from Penang to Shanghai after winning the grand prize in the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair October 2019 Buyers’ Contest.

Khoo Lim Poh, 66, said this would be his first time flying in business class.

“My wife and I visit MATTA Fair every year and this is the first time we got picked for the Buyers’ Contest.

“I booked a trip to Taiwan with my wife next year which entitled us to the contest.

“I need to buy a ticket for my wife to travel with me to Shanghai,” he said during the prize presentation ceremony at Prestige Hotel in George Town, Penang on Tuesday.

The grand prize was courtesy of Malaysia Airlines.

Khoo was among 17 winners in the main prize category.

Luck was also on Karen Soo’s side as she won a four-night cruise for two onboard the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas from Singapore.

It was double celebration for Soo when her husband, Lee Tee Yeow, 45, also took home a round trip in economy class from Penang to Banda Aceh courtesy of Firefly.

The 42-year-old manager said she would visit MATTA Fair every year and had bought a travel package worth RM7,500 to Taiwan for her family.

“This is the first time that we won prizes. The cruise will be our second honeymoon for us,” Soo said gleefully.

MATTA honorary secretary-

general Nigel Wong said MATTA received a total of 1,778 participants in the MATTA Fair Penang October 2019 as compared to 1,602 participants in April 2019 based on the statistics from the Buyers’ Contest.

“More than 65 prizes valued over RM30,000 were given out.

“From the number of participants in the Buyers’ Contest, the expenditure touched RM12.7mil.

“The leading domestic

destination was Perak, followed by Kedah, Penang, Melaka and Selangor.

“For overseas destinations, it was led by China and followed by Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam,” he said.

He added that the MATTA Fair Penang October 2019 was the largest with 296 booths taken up and successfully attracted about 32,450 visitors with an estimated total sales value of RM32.5mil.

Visitors had to spend a minimum of RM200 in travel packages to stand a chance at winning prizes, which included return air tickets, cruise holidays, hotel vouchers and admission tickets to theme parks worth over RM30,000.

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