KUALA LUMPUR: Those who missed the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair 2005 will still have a chance to shop for cheap tour packages until tomorrow.
Due to the overwhelming response to the two-day fair at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Seri Kembangan here which ended yesterday, MAS is extending the special promotional airfares and travel packages for another two days.
MAS sales general manager Nick Phang said: “At the request of the participating agents and due to the response we have received at the fair, we are extending this opportunity for another two days.”
Phang said the fair recorded more than RM91mil in sales, which exceeded last year's turnover of RM68mil, from the four locations where the fair was held simultaneously – Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and here.
“Attendance was equally encouraging, with 71,000 visitors at all the venues,” he said, adding that the most popular holiday destinations were London, Perth, Auckland, Sydney, Seoul, Padang, Bangkok and Denpasar.
He added that the promotional rates would be available at travel agencies' offices.
Holiday Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd general manager Danny Jee said Malaysians were now more affluent, adding that travelling was a necessity for them.
“Malaysians value travelling now and they usually start with something cheap. Events such as this fair are educational for them as they will get more exposure about places that they have not been to,” he said.
Excellence Holidays Sdn Bhd managing director Ronald Chan said Malaysians travelled more than once a year, especially with low air fares offered by MAS.
“Malaysians want to take their families outside of Malaysia now, so that they can experience something different every time they go on a holiday,” he said.
Skyworld Travel Sdn Bhd sales and marketing director Albert Leong said many of his customers grabbed the opportunity to purchase tour packages to South Africa at a much lower rate at the fair.
He said their sale of tour packages was more than they had targeted.
There was also a sweet surprise for visitors to the fair when singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin made a half-hour appearance on stage to promote her concert, which would be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 1.
Sri Sutra Travel Sdn Bhd offered four six-days-and-four-nights packages to London for two people, which included a ticket to Siti Nurhaliza's show.
Fans can also take part in a Short Message Service contest to win a trip to London to watch the performance.
All they have to do is type “ct” and send it to 33733 to receive further instructions to participate in the contest.
There are 30 trips to be won.
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