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The 15th Matta International Travel Fair (XV MITF 2003) from March 14 to 16 will offer new tour programmes to China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thailand, which has one of the most active booths at the 15th Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) International Travel Fair, attracted a lot of enquiries from visitors, said organising chairman Ronald Chan.
Despite the war jitters, the 15th Matta International Travel Fair (MITF) drew in more than the expected number of visitors.
The two people earlier thought to have symptoms similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are responding well from treatment provided at hospitals here.
About 50% of the locals have either cancelled or postponed their travel plans to China, Hong Kong and Vietnam since the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), said Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Tunku Datuk Seri Iskandar Abdullah.