Offer cheaper tour packages, firms told


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 07 May 2003

BY DALILAH IBRAHIM

KUALA LUMPUR: Tour and travel agencies hope to offer cheaper holidays to put the tourism industry, now reeling from SARS and the Iraq war, back on track. 

Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agencies (Matta) vice-president Ronald Chan said members had been urged to attract clients by offering cheaper holidays to domestic and overseas destinations. 

“We have urged members to dispel the fear of travelling and to advertise in newspapers as they normally do so that the public will be at ease,” he told reporters at the prize presentation ceremony of the 15th Matta International Travel Fair 2003 at PWTC yesterday. 

He said the public should not be discouraged from travelling as the Government had taken measures to control the disease. 

“In fact, this is the best time to travel since there are screenings at airports to ensure passengers are healthy,” he said. 

Earlier, Matta secretary-general Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun gave away prizes to Matta Fair contest winners. 

The grand prize went to Koh Liong See who won two first class return air tickets to Paris.  

The other winners were S. Yogesan (two business class return air tickets to Shanghai) and Ng Wen Huey (two economy class return air tickets to Mumbai.) 

The winner of the Visa contest was Tang How Chit who won RM20, 000. 

Among the sponsors of the fair were Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, Visa, The Star and Astro.  

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