Tuesday, May 12, 2009

18,000 expected at Johor MATTA fair

Around 18,000 visitors are expected at Johor’s largest Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair this July.

“Malaysia’s Premier Travel Fair” will showcase a wide range of domestic and international holiday packages.

Around nine local and foreign national tourist organisations, 16 travel agencies, and 12 travel-related service organisations are among those taking up the 150 booths this July.

MATTA chairman Kathryn Lee said she believed that this year’s fair would be well received despite the current economic recession and the A(H1N1) flu scare.

“We strongly believe that the current flu scare and the recession will not affect the tourism sector significantly,” she said, expressing confidence that holidaymakers would take advantage of holiday promotions.

Johor Tourism Malaysia director No­­rida Kamarudin said statistics from early this year showed an in­­crease of at least 2.2% in foreign tourists arrivals compared to last year.

“From January to March this year, there have been 5.46 million tourists visiting our country,” she said.

Source : STAR
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