KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) says the 231 booths for the first ever Cuti Cuti Malaysia by MATTA Fair have all been taken up.
The fair’s chairman of oversight committee Mr Rocky Kho said they were so many requests that many are still on the waiting list for the event to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on April 4‐5, 2020. The fair was organised as the biannual MATTA Fair normally held in March has been postponed to June due to the COVID‐19 virus endemic.
Kho said: “We are expecting between forty to fifty thousand visitors to the fair, where we will have travel agents, hotels as we are partnering with the Malaysian Association of Hotels for this, theme parks, state tourism agencies and our partner airline is Malaysia Airlines offering lots of discounts, special packages and lucky draws. We estimate about RM40 million (US$9.59 million) in revenue sales from the fair.”
He added that there were no plans on having visitors go through temperature scans at the moment.
Also present at the press conference was the Malaysian Association of Amusement Theme Parks & Family Attractions (MAATFA) president Tan Sri Richard Koh who noted that it will be the first time the association is collaborating with MATTA and have all their members participating in the fair which offers free entrance to the public.
(from left) MAATFA’s Koh with MATTA’s Kho and Phuah talking about the upcoming fair in April. Photo: S.S. YOGA
Koh said: “All the biggest parks and attractions in Malaysia will be at the fair and they are all giving at least a 50% discount and other attractive offers, including some lucky draws.”
He noted that depending on the locality and the attraction, attendance to some of them have been down by 20% to 40% over the past few months due to the concerns over the virus. Koh added that since the virus outbreak their members have ensured that safety is paramount and have instituted temperature scans and sanitisers for visitors, and have increased the cleaning and disinfecting frequency at their respective parks and attractions.
When queried he said, their members were not facing any shortage in supply of items like sanitisers, disinfectants and other washing and cleaning products.
MATTA CEO Mr Phua Tai Neng said MATTA was happy that with the stimulus package announced by earlier by the Government it will encourage domestic tourism as the public can now claim the income tax deduction of RM1,000 and the RM100 voucher for domestic travel. He added that they were waiting for the Ministry of Finance to officially put it into place.
Phua said: “We congratulate and look forward to working with the new Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri from Sarawak, whose appointment was announced on March 9. We will actively seek a meeting with her at the earliest opportunity.”