Wednesday, November 08, 2006

VMY 2007 Logo on a Taxi

Envoys on wheels: A London black cab bearing the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 logo parked outside the World Travel Market in Docklands on Monday. Drivers of 60 such cabs have turned envoys for the campaign in Britain. The cabs will bear images of Malaysia for the next three months. Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor launched the campaign in London on Monday

Matta to introduce prepaid Visa cards
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) will introduce a prepaid Visa travel card in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 which can be used to pay for hotels and airline tickets.
Matta deputy president Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun said the association had already negotiated successfully with Visa and a local bank to launch the prepaid travel card.
“For a start, about 20,000 cards will be issued here and they will be available at designated kiosks,” he said.
“The Matta comittee has approved the plan. The travel card will most likely be launched here in January,” he said.
However, Mohd Khalid revealed that the travel card would later be available in other countries.
To a question, he said Matta initiated the talk of issuing a prepaid travel card with Visa which then discussed the feasibility of the plan with a local bank.
“We are now waiting for the team to finalise the mechanism of the plan and the approval from Bank Negara,” Mohd Khalid told newsmen after the Matta Fair 2006 prize presentation ceremony at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
“The Matta travel card will facilitate the card owners to go cashless while travelling,” he said.
According to Mohd Khalid, the travel card owners could withdraw money from ATMs nationwide and make payment at Visa-accepted places.
One of the features, he added, was that the balance in the prepaid travel card was interest-bearing, but they were still finalising the details.
The travel card, he said, was part of Matta's Visit Malaysia Year 2007 promotions.
“We are also planning to have a Matta lounge in KLIA so that we can be more organised and we are now talking with MAB (Malaysia Airports Bhd),” he said.
Mohd Khalid said Matta Travel Exchange would be held here to bring together buyers and sellers in the tourism industry.
“We want to showcase Malaysia and invite them here to see for themselves the tourism products and services available in our country,” he said, adding that it might be organised in March next year.
Asked on the claim that Malaysia was not fully ready for VMY 2007, he said all the relevant authorities and industry players had taken note of the concerns raised.
“We are trying to overcome them by taking appropriate action and we will take care of them,” he said.
News Source : STAR

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