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MATTA fair returns to Ipoh with a host of travel deals

The PERAK MATTA show is back with travel offers after more than two years of interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysian Travel and Travel Agents Association (MATTA) Perak branch president Chong Yu Ken said the fair was suspended due to the movement control order when the pandemic hit in 2020.

He said, however, that when the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture launched a travel bubble scheme in September last year, it was a signal for the revival of tourist activities.

“With the success of the program, Perak MATTA decided to hold its fair this weekend (May 21-22) as its last fair was in September 2019. “So visitors to the two-day fair at Ipoh Convention Center can expect good deals and raffles,” he said at a press conference at MATTA’s office in Ipoh yesterday.

Also in attendance were Nurmalis Musa, Managing Director of Tourism Perak, Valerie Tan, Business Development Manager of Royal Caribbean Cruise Asia Pacific, and Mr. Yoganthiran, Deputy Director of Tourism Malaysia Northern Region.

Chong said more than 30 tourism stakeholders will attend and 70 booths will be set up at the 29th MATTA show.

He said Kedah/Perlis MATTA Chapter, Tourism Malaysia Northern Region, Tourism Perak and Tourism Melaka as well as industry players from out of state will join the fair.

There were many choices of travel destinations ranging from culture, heritage, nature and wildlife to water and air activities to look forward to, he added.

“We are also pleased to announce that Royal Caribbean will be our main sponsor and visitors wishing to participate in its cruises will find endless opportunities.

“We expect 15,000 visitors during the show and hope to raise over RM30 million in sales.

“While standard operating procedure has been relaxed, visitors should follow the rules as only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter the venue, face masks are essential and young children are not encouraged to attend the fair” , did he declare.

Chong said those with a minimum purchase of RM300 would be eligible to participate in sweepstakes and have a chance to win attractive prizes such as round-trip air tickets, cruise vouchers, vacation packages. vacation vouchers, hotel vouchers, travel gifts and theme park tickets.

He said Perak tourism committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi was expected at the event at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Tan said Royal Caribbean will offer cruises with exciting deals on Asia’s largest and most innovative ship – Spectrum of the Seas.

She said visitors to the show could find out more about Royal Caribbean’s cruises to Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam starting in October, priced as low as RM909.

“Guests aboard the ship can gear up for an action-packed vacation, including a skydiving experience at sea, a jewel-shaped observation pod that takes guests 300 feet (91 m) above sea level. sea ​​and a surf simulator,” she added.

For more details, visit the MATTA Fair Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MattaPerak/