MATTA Fair kicks off today

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Sep 2019

Working together: (From fourth left) Tan, Star Media Group client brand marketing assistant general manager KC Tan and MATTA chief executive officer Phua Tai Neng sharing a light moment with MATTA partners during a pre-event press conference at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Travel buffs will be spoilt for choice with a vast variety of attractive deals and travel packages at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair September 2019 which starts today.

Happening at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, this 48th edition of MATTA Fair is by far the largest since it started in 1991, featuring 1,396 booths featuring 292 travel companies and tourism organisations.

“MATTA Fair continues to be the favourite one-stop centre for visitors to hunt for the very best bargains, where they can personalise and compare holiday packages by exhibitors with face-to-face service by travel consultants, ” said MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang at a pre-event press conference.

The three-day event spans across 29,000sq m of exhibition space, occupying seven halls.

Halls 1,2 and 3 and the linkway feature international tour and travel agencies, including 14 National Tourism Organisations such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Guam and South Africa.

Halls 4 and 5 are allocated for domestic destinations, comprising tour and travel agencies, including 12 State Tourism Offices such as Perak, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang and Selangor.

“Popular domestic spots that are set to boost domestic tourism include Sea Life Malaysia and Angry Birds Activity Park in Johor Baru as well as Sky Mirror in Selangor.

“For Sabah, there are the Maliau Basin and Tawau Hill Park while Sarawak will be promoting Bau Handicraft House and Blue Lake.

“Other new destinations that are expected to be hot holiday choices include Kazakhstan, Guam and the Maldives, ” said Tan.

Hall 1M is dedicated to umrah packages with 118 booths, which is the largest since the Umrah Pavilion started in MATTA Fair September 2015.

The fair is promoting Johor as Malaysia’s Favourite Destination and Taiwan as Asia’s Favourite Destination.

“As next year is also Visit Johor Year 2020, industry players from the state will make their presence felt at the 16 booths operated by Tourism Johor under the Johor Pavilion, ” added Tan.

Tan said they were expecting at least 110,000 visitors and sales transactions of up to RM210mil.

Additionally, visitors can look forward to the MATTA Fair Domestic and International Buyers’ Contest, with prizes worth more than RM200,000 up for grabs, including air tickets to local and international destinations along with hotel and attraction vouchers.

Visitors are entitled to an entry with every minimum purchase of RM300 on an international travel package or RM100 on a domestic travel package. The contest booth is at the foyer of Hall 2 and Hall 3 for online submission.

There will also be a blood donation drive located at Legar Putra by the National Blood Bank.

The public is encouraged to use public transportation, especially the LRT, to avoid traffic congestion and parking problems.

Visitors to MATTA using e-hailing services by Dacsee, Mula, Nuc and Ciaoz can enjoy RM4 off for two rides to and from selected drop-off locations – PWTC, LRT PWTC, LRT Masjid Jamek, LRT Sultan Ismail and LRT Titiwangsa.

MATTA Fair September 2019 will be held from Sept 6 to 8 at the PWTC. The fair is open from 10am to 9pm. Admission is RM4 per person and free for children aged below 12.

Other official partners include Malaysia Airlines, Desaru Coast and Legoland Malaysia Resort, Royal Caribbean International, Merchantrade Asia, Top Media Resources, Sunway Putra Mall, Jenexus and KL Hop-On Hop-Off as sponsor.

Meanwhile, the event also saw the Memorandum of Understandng (MoU) signing between MATTA and Petronas Dagangan Bhd to allow MATTA members to enjoy easy and convenient access to fuel products at over 1,000 Petronas stations nationwide through Petronas SmartPay.

The benefits include monthly volume incentive, credit facility, online services and flexible payment facilities.

“This collaboration will help member companies to reduce the cost of business in the long run and increase their financial performance, hence increase the productivity and efficiency of the company.

“The MoU reaffirms MATTA’s commitment to assist members’ business conditions for continued growth, ” concluded Tan.

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