Matta hails ministry’s decision on extra flights
Published on: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport  Ministry received a thumps-up sign from the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) for mounting extra flights during the Chinese New Year and upcoming Hari Raya holiday periods.

Such move is indeed laudable because it will allow Malaysians to go back to their hometown and celebrate with family and love ones, its President Datuk Tan Kok Liang said.

 “We are grateful with the Minister Anthony Loke 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 periods to allow Malaysians to go back to their hometown and celebrate with family and loved-ones.”

He said mounting of extra flights has resulted in more affordable and best value air fares for travellers during peak festive periods, 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.

Tan said land, air and sea transport plays a crucial role for a healthy tourism industry and are necessary to ensure the growth of tourist arrivals and to stay competitive.

Hence, he said Matta is looking forward to work closely with the Ministry 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.

Tan said these include issues on issuance and renewal of vehicle permits, enforcement of unlicensed transport operators and upgrading of vehicles to cater for high-end tourists.”

“Matta is optimistic that under the leadership of  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,” he stressed.

Last week, a Chinese New Year celebration was organised at the Putra World Trade Centre which saw a crowd of over 300 members and guests from the tourism industry.

The event which was also graced by Loke and attended by 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.


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