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Axing of beer fest won’t affect tourism, says MATTA

20 Sep 2017 Free Malaysia Today

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has dismissed concerns that the cancellation of a beer fest in Kuala Lumpur will have a negative impact on tourism.

Levy Leeway For Tour Operators

14 Sep 2017 The Star

Travel operators who secured hotel bookings for foreign tourists before the implementation of the tourism tax will be exempted from paying the levy, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Malaysia's Tourism Tax: Finally Enforced, But Still Faces Long Road To Smooth Implementation

12 Sep 2017 WIT

On September 1 Malaysia implemented the controversial Tourism Tax (TTx) for foreign tourists, a RM10 (US$2.40) daily levy on hotel accommodation, much to the chagrin of the industry given that many questions remain unanswered.

Tourist Arrivals Remain Flat Despite Weak Ringgit

11 Sep 2017 The Edge Markets

Much has been talked about how the weaker ringgit will draw more tourists to the country, but the statistics do not seem to reflect this.

Tourism Brought in RM73.3 Billion in 2016, Says Nazri

11 Sep 2017 Free Malaysia Today

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz says his ministry exceeded KPIs for 2016, however, Tourism Malaysia reveals tourist numbers lower so far this year.

MATTA fears members may not be refunded

7 Sep 2017 Daily Express

MATTA is concerned that many of its 3,200 members may have to pay out large sums upfront while waiting for exemption or refunds under the Tourism Tax that came into effect on Sept. 1.

Malaysian Trade Suffers Teething Pains from Tourism Tax Rollout

6 Sep 2017 TTG Asia

Barely a week into the implementation of the unpopular tourism tax in Malaysia, travel agents and hoteliers in the country say they are now burdened with the hassle of tax collection and additional costs incurred in the teething stages.

Reintroduce Special Lane And Counter For Tour Buses At Second Link To Welcome Tourists

28 Aug 2017 TTG Asia

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) President, Datuk Tan Kok Liang is calling on the authorities to reintroduce special lane and counter at the Malaysian side of the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link to facilitate tourists and pr

Tourism Malaysia: Take advantage of sweet September

28 Aug 2017 The Star Online

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the association has been aggressively promoting domestic tourism.

MATTA Lauds Steps to Regulate Airbnb

23 Aug 2017 Borneo Post Online

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) applauds the proactive measures taken by Kota Kinabalu City Hall to regulate the Airbnb.

One is Not Enough

21 Aug 2017 The Star Online

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has been urged to organise its MATTA Fair in the state more than once annually.

Fake Agents on MATTA Radar

13 Aug 2017 The Star Online

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is working closely with the Tourism and Culture Ministry to combat fraudulent activities involving fake or illegal travel agents.

MATTA: Malaysia Airlines not here to ‘please a minority’

9 Aug 2017 Free Malaysia Today

MATTA says PAS man who renewed calls for alcohol to be banned on flights should be given a free ticket so that he can see behaviour of passengers for himself.

Malaysians Are Going Places – Literally

31 Jul 2017 The Star Online

The projection by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) showed that Malaysia’s outbound tourism remained resilient despite the fluctuating ringgit.

No Tourism Tax for Malaysians

27 Jul 2017 The Star

Malaysians holidaying in the country can heave a sigh of relief as they will not be hit by the new tourism tax.

Malaysians Exempted, States Given 10%

27 Jul 2017 Borneo Post Online

Malaysians are exempted from paying tourism tax for all types of hotels and accommodation premises.

MATTA elects Tan Kok Liang as new president

19 Jul 2017 TTG Asia

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) at its 42nd annual general meeting has elected Tan Kok Liang as the new president for a two-year term (2017-2019). He replaces Hamzah Rahmat whose term had ended.

Defer Tourism Tax on Domestic Tourists, says MATTA

7 Jun 2017 New Straits Times Online

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has urged the government to delay the Tourism Tax on domestic tourists, which will be imposed from Aug 1.

Alcohol Ban on MAS flights? Ridiculous, says MATTA

7 Jun 2017 Free Malaysia Today

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has a different opinion on the call by PAS to ban alcohol on flights.

Big Jump in Visa Applications from China, India After E-visa Services Implemented

7 Jun 2017 New Straits Times Online

The number of tourists from China and India has seen huge improvements after e-visa services were made available, said Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei.

Human Search Engine for Keningau

5 May 2017 The Star Online

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has come up with a new tour package focusing on places to visit from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan, Keningau and Tenom, all along the Crocker Range.

Uzbekistan and Malaysia Strengthen Tourism Ties

3 May 2017 Top10lifestyles.com

The Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Development of Tourism, H.E. Anvar Sharopov recently arrived in Malaysia to improve cooperation between Uzbekistan and Malaysia in the tourism sector.

Membangunkan Peluang Pelancongan dan Perdagangan di Antara Uzbekistan dan Malaysia

3 May 2017 Niaga Times

Baru-baru ini, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Negeri, Pembangunan dan Pelancongan Republik Uzbekistan, H.E. Anvar Sharopov telah membuat kunjungan ke Malaysia.

MATTA Lancar Pakej Melawat Keningau 2018

3 May 2017 Utusan Online

Persatuan Ejen-Ejen Pelancongan dan Pengembaraan Malaysia (MATTA) hari ini melancarkan pakej melawat Keningau 2018 yang bakal menjadi satu tarikan baharu di Sabah.

MATTA Wants More Done After Multiple-Entry Visa for Indians

6 Apr 2017 Malay Mail Online

Travel agents say the introduction of the 15-day multiple entry visas should be followed by supporting moves to fully capitalise on an expected influx of Indian tourists

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