Saturday, March 17, 2007

Travel bugs infest Matta Fair

Travel to your heart’s content with value-for-money deals.

This aptly describes the theme behind Matta Fair 2007, a twice-a-year travel mart offering deals for those with a penchant to see the world.

For three days until tomorrow, an estimated 80,000 Malaysians are expected to throng the Putra World Trade Centre here to buy tickets at unbelievable prices.

Organised by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), the fair is the answer for people who always wanted to travel but could not afford it.

Matta chairman Ngiam Foon expected sales over the three days to reach RM100 million.

He said there were excellent packages for people wanting to travel to great destinations like China, India, Australia and Europe.

Retired teacher Reita Raja Gopal, 59, plans to visit Egypt with her husband and friends to see the pyramids this year.

"Although I will be travelling in December during the peak period, I know I can get reasonable prices at Matta as there are many great packages and value-for-money deals."

As for Amli Embong, 38, a lawyer, the prices at the fair are the primary attraction.

"There are a lot of choices here. My family and I can get a great deal in Australia within our budget," he said.

The three-day fair was launched by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday.

The New Straits Times, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press are the official media for the event.

Entrance fees to the fair is RM3 for adults while it is free for children under 12.

Source : NST
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