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30,000 throng Matta fair

Good times are back as more than 30,000 people thronged the Matta International Travel Fair on the second day for bargain tour packages and discounted tickets.


Queuing up in vain for fares not on offer list

Visitors to the Matta International Travel Fair queued up for hours on the first day with the intention of grabbing some cheap airfares by Malaysia Airlines but there were none.


Malaysia to be centre for tourism

Malaysia is poised to become a tourism development centre for Asean, the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and the Commonwealth, said Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.


Aiming to boost package tours

Visitors can expect package tours, and not air tickets to be the best buys when the 16th Matta International Travel Fair opens at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today.


Johor woos local tourists to counter drop in arrivals

Johor has stepped up its promotion to woo domestic tourists after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak resulted in fewer visitors crossing over from Singapore.


Fair rakes in RM25m in sales

B>M/B>ORE than 25,000 people visited the just-concluded Matta International Travel Fair 2003 at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relauin Penang which raked in RM25mil in sales for both local and outbound holidays.


Tour exhibitors happy with huge turnout

After the lull in the travel industry caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) scare and Iraq war earlier this year, the huge turnout at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) International Travel Fair over the past two days was a pleasant surprise for exhibitors.


Matta to have guidelines on travel refunds

The organiser of the Matta International Travel Fair will draw up a guideline on refunds and set up a hotline to better serve customers in case there is any backlash following Tuesday#8217;s bombing of JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.


Efforts to boost tourism pay off

The Government's efforts to boost tourism after the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has paid off as demand for travel to Malaysia has increased, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said.


Offer cheaper tour packages, firms told

Tour and travel agencies hope to offer cheaper holidays to put the tourism industry, now reeling from SARS and the Iraq war, back on track.