1 Jul 2010
ASIAN destinations such as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are expected to attract good response at the Matta Fair which kicks off in Penang tomorrow.
Its organising chairman Ann Tan said these countries were popular due to direct flights from Penang offered by several airlines.
She noted that many people preferred to book short-haul and local destinations during this time of the year compared with the year-end holidays.
“We expect special promotional fares to be offered to visitors during the fair,” she said in an interview.
More than 300 booths offering affordable tour packages will be set up during the three-day fair at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in Relau from tomorrow to Sunday.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is scheduled to open the fair at 3pm tomorrow.
Tan said Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Air Asia all had their own special rates, which would only be announced during the fair.
She said Firefly would be offering special fares, especially from Penang to the five destinations in Subang, Medan, Acheh, Langkawi and Phuket.
“Our other supporting airlines such as Southern Airlines, China Airlines, Thai Airways and MAS will be giving travel agents special promotion rates during the period,” she added.
Tan said they expected about 40,000 visitors this year compared with 29,000 last year due to the economic slowdown and the A (H1N1) outbreak then.
“We are confident of a bigger crowd this time,” she said, adding that the Matta fair in Kuala Lumpur in March received an overwhelming response.
She also said goodie bags containing local food products, coffee sachets and drink packets would be given free to visitors during the fair.
The fun-filled activities will include entertainment by impersonators doing Lady GaGa, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe acts as well as lucky draw sessions, stage games and quizzes offering attractive prizes.
The fair will be open from 5pm to 9pm tomorrow and 10am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee is RM2 for adults and free for children.