KUALA LUMPUR: A fully domestic-based travel fair by MATTA will be held to encourage local travel to mitigate the loss of foreign travellers.
The event, dubbed Cuti Cuti Malaysia by MATTA Fair, will be held on April 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
“Domestic tourism is always there. Since the international arrivals are not coming in, we might as well concentrate on local tourism, ” said chairman Rocky Kho during a press conference at Wisma MATTA on Tuesday (March 10).
Asked if businesses would be hit by Covid-19, Kho said that it was a given due to current circumstances.
“Of course, we can’t anticipate very high sales and turn-out because of the virus. But it all depends on the market.
“Malaysia is safe to travel. And for Malaysians, if the price is right, there will be action, ” he said.
MATTA says this would be the first ever event fully focused on local travel under the Matta banner.
While there are no plans to have temperature checks during the event, medical personnel will be on standby.
MATTA CEO Phua Tai Neng said that they would follow guidelines set by the Health Ministry in combating the spread of the virus.
“We are always guided by their guidelines and advice, ” he said.
To encourage visitors, MATTA said their partner, Malaysia Airlines, would be giving out free domestic flight tickets via lucky draws.
On an unrelated matter, MATTA has congratulated new Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri on her appointment.
“We have met with her before, and I think she is a very good minister. She’s very open, ” said Phua.
Matta Fair, Cuti Cuti Malaysia, KLCC, domestic based