KUALA LUMPUR – Despite the weakening of the Ringgit and now the haze, Malaysians are still travelling and holidaying within the country and abroad, said Deputy President of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Rohizam Md Yusoff.
He said this was proven by the number of visitor turnout, a total of 91,664, during MATTA fair at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) early this month.
“It is still the same, and it didn’t affect the business and we are quite surprised that people still travel despite the drop of the Malaysian currency, and now the haze.
“Referring to the haze, we just hope that everyone can cooperate in helping to tackle the problem,” he told Bernama after the MATTA Fair Buyers’ Contest prize presentation ceremony at PWTC, here today.
Rohizam said the crowd during the MATTA Fair was suprisingly beyond expectation and they purchased travelling packages offered during the fair, indicating that travelling was a lifestyle of many Malaysians despite the circumstances faced.
The MATTA Fair Buyers’ Contest received a total number of 2,842 participations during the fair this year and 17 lucky winners were selected.
The first place winner, Candy Yee, won the 11-day and nine-night trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest for two persons.
All prizes were sponsored by airline companies including Trafalgar Travel, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Lufthansa German Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and AirAsia Berhad. – BERNAMA