Kuala Lumpur, 26 February 2019 – The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) held a Chinese New Year Celebration on 21 February 2019 at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur with over 300 members and guests from the tourism industry.
The event which was also graced by YB Tuan Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport Malaysia and attended by many industry leaders from the tourism industry such as Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tourism Malaysia, delegates from foreign embassies and international tourism agencies, airlines, hoteliers and media.
MATTA President, Datuk Tan Kok Liang said, “We are grateful with the Minister of Transport for addressing the issues of the travel and tour industry particularly on mounting extra flights for airlines during the Chinese New Year and the upcoming Hari Raya holiday period to allow Malaysians to go back to their hometown and celebrate with family and loved-ones.”
“The mounting of extra flights has resulted in more affordable and best value air fares for travelers during peak festive period particularly between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak. The additional volume of flights aimed to cater to the surge in demand for air travel during peak festive period has benefited to the growth of domestic tourism.”
“The transportation of land, air and sea plays a crucial role for a healthy tourism industry and are necessary to ensure the growth of tourist arrivals and to stay competitive.”
“We are looking forward to work closely with the Ministry of Transport to facilitate the growth of the domestic tourism industry such as touting issues at airports and taking responsive measures on airport operational issues raised by the industry. These include issues on tourist transport such as issuance and renewal of vehicle permits, enforcement on unlicensed transport operators and upgrading of vehicles to cater for high-end tourists.”
“MATTA is optimistic that under the leadership of YB Tuan Anthony Loke, the tourism industry in the country will continue to grow further with better tourists travelling conditions and transport facilities for domestic and international visitors,” concluded Tan.
DATUK TAN KOK LIANG
Term 2017 – 2019