Reports by JOSEPH KAOS Jr, ALLISON LAI, CLARISSA CHUNG, NATASHA JOIBI and ILI AQILAH
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will be entering the e-hailing space by collaborating with four companies to list their members’ transport offerings on their e-hailing apps.
MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the move was to enable their members who are transport operators to maximise their offerings to tourists via the apps.
MATTA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four e-hailing operators, namely Dacsee Sdn Bhd, Ideal Technology Advancement Sdn Bhd (Ciaz2u), Mula Car International Sdn Bhd and Neo Urban Consolidated Sdn Bhd (Nuccar) yesterday.
“The tour and travel industry has a significant fleet of vehicles such as car rentals, vans, buses – all licensed with skilled drivers.
“We want to make it easier for travellers to Malaysia. Instead of doing pre-bookings, we can give visitors and tourists more options through e-hailing apps upon arrival,” he told reporters after signing the MoU yesterday.
Tan added that he was not concerned with the new regulations the government had set for the e-hailing operators.
“Tourist vehicles for the past 30 years have always had public service vehicle (PSV) licence.
“Every six months, tourist vehicles go for inspection. Travel companies also conduct health checks and medical checks to ensure our drivers are healthy,” he said.