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Malaysians are undeterred from travelling by the looming threat of war in Iraq and are taking the initiative to learn about #8220;safe#8221; tourist destinations.
Thousands of people turned up in droves yesterday for the opening of the three-day 15th Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) International Travel Fair.
The consumer trend at this year's Matta Fair seems to see more Malaysians snapping up air tickets rather than tour packages in view of the looming war.
The tourism industry is prepared with contingency plans if a war broke out in Iraq, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Tunku Iskandar Tunku Abdullah said.
An industry once regarded as not so important, the tourism sectos has flourish despite global uncertainties. Deputy Culturem Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen speaks to SUSAN TAM about her plans for the industry.
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is targeting a profit of between RM50mil and RM75mil from ticket sales during the three-day promotion on airfares at the Matta International Travel Fair this weekend, its regional assistant general manager, Malaysia and Asean, Datuk Rashid Khan said.
LANGKAWI Lagoon Resort will be expanding its facilities to offer more five-star amenities, including a spa and retail shops over the sea, to position itself as the premier resort in Langkawi.
Formula One's rookie drivers failed to set the world on fire at yesterday's official qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, filling four of the last five places on the grid for the season-opening race.
Rubens Barrichello was fastest Friday as Formula One's new qualifying format turned world champion Michael Schumacher's red Ferrari into a roadsweeper at the Australian Grand Prix.
Brazilian CART champion Cristiano da Matta collected US$4,500 in fines within the space of 15 minutes on his first Formula One outing at the Australian Grand Prix circuit Friday.