VISITORS to the Penang Matta Fair 2006 can expect good deals, not only for overseas trips but also domestic tour packages.
Fair organising chairman Ann Tan said she was surprised to see many inbound travel agencies participating in this year’s fair.
“Last year, only 20% of the exhibitors offered inbound travel packages but this year it has increased to 35%,” she said, adding that this was timely in view of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
She also said that some airlines were offering special rates for direct flights from Penang.
Tan said the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) had set a new record with a total of 280 booths in this year’s fair. There were 265 booths last year.
“We are expecting a sales turnover of more than RM30mil, which is a 5% increase compared to last year’s RM28mil,” Tan said.
Penang Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the Matta fair was an avenue for travellers to compare prices and services offered.
He also said Matta had a role to educate consumers besides holding fairs promoting cheap deals for flight tickets and tour packages.
“We have to change the mindset of some travellers who know only how to bargain for cheap fares but not look at the services provided,” said Teng.