KUALA LUMPUR: Visitors to the 18th Matta International Travel Fair can expect better bargains and a wider selection of travel packages under one roof.
Themed “Your One-Stop Travel Focus,” the fair would have 140 exhibitors and 637 booths occupying 11,500 sq metres of the Putra World Trade Centre during the three-day event beginning Sept 17.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Tunku Datuk Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah said people were starting to travel again after the bird flu scare and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak.
“The market is strong as it has seen an increase in both inbound and outbound tourist traffic and the people are becoming more understanding and resilient about travelling overseas.
“Malaysians are adventurous and always want to go somewhere even if it's for a short trip,” Tunku Iskandar said at Wisma Matta yesterday.
Asked if the abolition of the Market Development Programme (MDP) on Nov 1 would have a negative effect on travellers, Tunku Iskandar said he felt otherwise as it would provide consumers with a wider range of choices.
“We have always wanted the MDP to be abolished as it has served its purpose of stabilising airfares in Malaysia.
“It has much restraint on the trade and with the abolition, travel agents can deal with other airlines outside the MDP group,” he said.
Tunku Iskandar said 80,000 people were expected to visit the travel mart, bringing an estimated sales revenue of about RM90mil.
The fair is open to the public from 10am to 9pm from Sept 17 to 19 with an entrance fee of RM3 for adults.
There is no charge for children under 12.