GEORGE TOWN, OCT 13 – MATTA Fair Penang 2017 currently held at the Straits Quay Convention Centre in Tanjung Tokong until Sunday. It will provide Penangites of all walks of life with attractive tour packages. The fair features 133 booths by 59 exhibitors, comprising licensed tour operators and other related businesses such as hotels and theme parks.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said due to high record for last year, 15,000 visitors with sales of around RM15 million, the association was expecting a turn-up of 18,000 visitors and around RM20mil of sales turnover for the three-day event.
According to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, will boost tourism figures in the state and helps those in the industry to capitalise on the projected tourism growth. He said Tourism in Penang has grown tremendously as can be seen by the growth of both Penang Hill and the Penang International Airport (PIA).
“Before 2008, Penang Hill was having around 200,000 visitors yearly. This year we are expected to hit 1.7 million visitors. With MATTA, Penang continues to be promoted domestic and internationally and this ensures that Penang to be one of the top holiday destination in the country,” he added.
Also present was Tourism and Culture Ministry Penang director Jonathan Freddy Bagang. The fair is open daily from 10am to 9pm until tomorrow. Admission is free. Those who spend RM200 or more at the fair can take part in the MATTA Fair Buyers’ Contest which offers more than RM20,000 worth of prizes from air tickets, hotel vouchers, entrance tickets to theme parks including MPay MATTA Debit Mastercard. — PN