Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) are jointly organising a 14-circuit amateur golf tournament in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007 and the country's 50th independence anniversary beginning Aug 23.
The tournament, which will be teed off at the Staffield Golf and Country Club in Negeri Sembilan, is open to all amateur golfers in Malaysia and abroad with a valid handicap of USGA 24 and below for men and handicap 36 for women.
The grand final of the tournament will be held at the IOI Palm Garden Golf Club course in Putrajaya on Dec 6.
"As the national flag carrier, MAS has always collaborated with related agencies to promote inbound tourism to Malaysia. This joint initiative is in line with Tourism Malaysia's efforts in promoting golf in the sports tourism agenda," MAS' commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan told a press conference at the MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya here today.
Also present was Matta's deputy president Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun.
Rashid said the golf tournament was expected to foster and enhance networking, goodwill and fellowship among all in the travel trade and tourism industry.
"MAS is offering a number of Golden Holiday packages to encourage greater participation from local and foreign golfers," he added.
The tournament is expected to attract about 1,500 participants, with about 100 to 120 participants in each circuit.
In order to attract participation, MAS is working on a special website for the tournament, www.masmattagolf.com.my which will be launched this Saturday.
The MAS golf package offered for the tournament consists of a minimum three-day/two-night hotel accommodation and daily breakfast at selected four or five-star hotels in 13 local destinations with an option to extend the stay. It is valid from Aug 20 to Dec 31.
The package includes a return economy class flight from Kuala Lumpur to the respective states except Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.
Bookings for the package have to be made at MAS offices worldwide, its appointed agents or by calling the MAS Call Centre at 1-300-88-3000, at least 20 days before departure.
Source : Bernama
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