KUALA LUMPUR: More than 65,000 tickets were snapped up on the first three days of the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair, with cities like London, Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai the hot favourites.
MAS regional manager Malaysia, Baharom Mohd Yatim said that a total of 1,476 Golden Holidays packages were sold.
“We are confident that more people will visit the fair, especially towards the end of the period,” he said at a press conference yesterday.
MAS general manager sales, Nick Phang said customers found the fair more convenient and accessible with the participation of selected travel agents.
“Customers appreciate the offers and take advantage of the opportunity,” he said.
Regarding problems with the MAS website, Phang said they had increased the bandwidth and put up a backup server, to prevent the website from crashing again as happened on Thursday.
The high volume of people accessing the MAS website started a day before the fair actually began.
The average hits in a day were 5,000 per hour, but during this time it sky-rocketed to 500,000 per hour.
“It’s better for customers to choose the destinations or plan alternative dates, because the offer is based on a first-come first-served basis,” he said, adding that the seats offered were limited.
Phang said last year's fair netted RM115mil and he was confident that they would do better this year.
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