Airlines extend cheap fare offers


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jun 2005

BY OLIVIA LEE

KUALA LUMPUR: Several airlines have agreed to extend their cheap fares offered during the Malaysia International Travel Mart (MITM) 2005 until Friday. 

The good news, MITM chairman Foo Kok Teng said, was for avid travellers who could not decide on which holiday package to settle for during their visit to the fair, which ended yesterday. 

“A few airlines, which were involved directly or indirectly with MITM like Garuda Air, Singapore Airlines, Thai Sky Airlines, Air Mauritius and airlines from China, had agreed to extend their offers. 

“Visitors can go through travel agents who were MITM exhibitors in order to enjoy the cheap rates,” he said at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre yesterday.  

OUR CHOICE:Lim looking at a holiday brochurewhile waiting to pay for his holiday packageat the travel mart in Kuala Lumpur Sunday.Sitting on his lap is daughter Mei Qi, two, while his wife Michelle Ong and six-year-olddaughter, Mei Ting, look on.

Foo said Australia, Bali, Hong Kong and China were amongst the destinations favoured by the visitors to the fair. 

Beach resorts were also a hit as holiday goers seem to have put the post tsunami fears behind them, with many snapping great packagers offered by beach resorts. 

Jacky Lim, 38, said there was no point shying away from the beaches “because we never know if or when another tsunami is coming.” 

“There's no point hiding and there shouldn't be anything to fear. It's God's will,” said the businessman, who purchased a three-day Langkawi holiday package.  

Ramon Christopher concurred, saying people should continue to explore and not let one disaster “keep you from going anywhere.” 

“I'm from Penang and was there when the tsunami struck. Four months ago, I was in Phuket with my mum and brother,” said the 30-year-old consultant, who settled on a Hard Rock Café Bali package.  

By 5pm yesterday, more than 50,000 people had visited the travel mart. 

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