Dreams of travel turn into reality for eight contestants

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2004

KUALA LUMPUR : For eight lucky people, a chance to write about their holiday of a lifetime in a MAS Golden Holidays slogan-writing contest turned their dreams into reality. 

The contest attracted about 6,500 entries but only four slogans were chosen from each of the two contests held in conjunction with the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF) earlier this year.  

Asst general manager of marketing support for Malaysia Airlines, Raja Nordiana Zainal Shah, was at hand to give away prizes to the elated winners. 

READY TO FLY: Winners of the Golden Holidays slogan-writing contest posing with Raja Nordiana (centre) after the prize presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.  

The prizes consisted of tour packages ranging from snorkelling in Pulau Redang to sky diving in New Zealand. 

Libby Koay, 32, won a six-day and four-night holiday to Auckland by filling out a postcard slogan beginning with “My idea of a dream holiday is...” 

“I can’t believe I won the competition. I am really looking forward to the trip, especially the sky diving part of the tour,” she told reporters. 

Koay, who recently delivered a baby boy, said she would not hesitate when the time came to jump out of the plane as she had always wanted to know what it was like to fly. 

The seven other winners were Hoi Fook Heng, 59, Sharifah Hasnizar, 43, Azlina Abdul Aziz, 22, M. Kavitha, 24, Saw Siew Yock, 28, Dr Vincent Wong Choong Wai, 29, and Liew Chai Choo, 28.  

The MATF event was such a success that there are plans to repeat the event to give members of the public who missed out on the great deals a chance to go on their dream holiday. 

“A turnover of RM7mil was achieved at the event and this is proof that Malaysians want to travel. 

“Even after the bombings in Bali, Malaysians went there and this is why Bali is the number one destination among many of our customers,” Raja Nordiana told reporters. 

When asked about the recent rise of the British pound and euro, Raja Nordiana said this did not affect travel to places like London and countries in the European Union. 

“We are working on different packages and trying to create packages for people to visit the Middle East. 

“Among them is a plan to create a skiing package in Lebanon and an organised tour of Jordan,” said Raja Nordiana.  

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