Among the many travel packages at Matta Fair, Tourism Malaysia is doing some serious promotions on domestic packages in Malaysia. You can find travel packages for Johor, Sabah, Sarawak, Perak, Melaka, Langkawi and Penang to name a few and these packages come in all sorts, from family travel to couples and groups. Packages include islands, homestays, ecotourism and even agrotourism in Malaysia.
However, most visitors will be looking for international promotion packages at Matta Fair as these highly sought after deals are best found at the largest travel fair in the country. Popular highlights include East Asia, Europe, Australia and Americas. You can also read about the next upcoming Matta Fair September 2015.
|Choices are abundant at Matta Fair|
|Sabah Tourism Booth at Matta Fair offering loads of Sabah Packages|
|Various promotions offered|
2 to Go - This means, price for two persons.
4D3N - This means 4 Days and 3 Nights.
Add-Ons - These are optional items which can be added on to your tour and travel packages. Usually additional tours are added on to existing packages.
Upgrades - This are options for the customer to upgrade their packages. Usually for hotel rooms.
From RM288 - This is tricky, it means packages are from that price and can be more if you choose different hotels and so on.
3D Free & Easy - This means 3 Days, free and easy. Only hotel and breakfast included. Sometimes, airport transfers are included. This kind of options gives you the freedom to explore the destination on your own.
|Private Tour Package|
Booking Fees - This is the commitment fee you pay for the tour when you buy them. Different tour agents have different booking fees which is Non-Refundable.
Ground Only - This means, the package is only for the hotel stay, transport, food and tour. Flights are on your own.
Travel Period - This means the package has a travel period or duration. You must travel within the given travel dates.
Fixed Departure Dates - This means the tour packages are fixed to one date and once the agent reaches the quota, the tour proceeds, otherwise they can be retimed to another date.
Validity - This is the time of the tour package validity. Usually they set a time frame for the package. If you do not use it by the expiry time, it is gone.
|Types of packages|
FIT - Free Independent Travelers. This means individuals, couples or groups under a minimum number offered by the agent.
GIT - Group Inclusive Tour. This means large groups traveling, this is also set by each individual travel agent.
Private Tours - This means, the tour package is specially catered to only you and your group. No other travellers will join in the tours giving you privacy.
For you can visit Travel Industry Dictionary for more information on the travel industry terms.
|Japan Tourism Booth at Matta Fair|
When you say East Asia, this refers to places like Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan as the preferred holiday destination. Usually visitors will purchase these packages to travel during the mid year school break or towards the end of the year just before winter in those countries.
Japan is right now very popular as many Malaysians prefer to visit Japan, especially Hokkaido and Osaka so you will find a number of Japan Travel Packages at Matta Fair. Even the Japanese National Tourism Board or JNTO has been very aggressive in promoting Japan to Malaysians over the last two years. Again, please check due to AirAsia X offering cheap flights to Japan, there are full board packages and ground only packages.
|Muslim Packages to Japan|
○ Reliance Tours
○ Mayflower Tours
○ Apple Vacations
○ H.I.S Malaysia (Japanese Tour Company in Malaysia)
○ Poto Tours (Muslim Travel to Japan, China, Korea)
|Various Europe Packages offered|
After recent years, the trend in travel packages to Europe seem to be 7-10 days all inclusive packages which include flights, hotels, transport, food and tours. This is a hassle free package where travelers can simply follow the tour guide from city to city and different countries. Usually many will choose this due to language problems and with a tour guide, everything is easy.
Prices can range anywhere from RM5000 to five figures, depending on the type of tour you prefer. Luxury tours to Europe can cost up to five figures and these are quite popular here.
|Getting information on the many travel packages|
○ GTT (Golden Tourworld Travel)
○ Parlo Tours
○ Best Tour
○ Malaysia Harmony
|Muslim Packages sold at MattaFair|
One of the most popular tour packages sold at the Matta Fair, Muslim Travel Packages are highly sought after by Malaysians. Simply because that tour companies now work hand-in-hand with tourism boards in countries like China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan in providing halal food and praying facilities in the tour packages.
There are Muslim Tour Packages which are full board and some of the them are ground only. This does not mean that the cheaper the package, the better. Always ask and read the descriptions of any Muslim tours before you buy them.
|Matta Fair Muslim Packages|
○ Poto Travel
○ Apple Muslim
○ Malaysian Harmony
○ Felda Travel
○ Summit Holiday
|Star Cruises, popular packages at Matta|
One of the up and coming tour packages in Malaysia where many are now looking towards cruise tourism as a vacation. Cruise packages come in various types as well. You have the local cruise packages where you board in Malaysia and cruise to Thailand or Singapore. These local cruises are usually from 3 to 4 days.
There are also the overnight cruises or 'cruise to nowhere' where you just go to international waters and come back the following day. For the international cruise packages, you can choose Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Alaska and Caribbean Cruises which usually are priced from RM5000 and above per person.
Popular travel agents selling cruise packages are;
○ Malaysian Harmony
○ Star Cruise
○ Parlo Tours
|International Hall 1 and 2 at Matta Fair|
Local and Domestic Packages - Hall 3 and 4
All the local Malaysian travel packages are found here. You can find the local state tourism board booths here too. Travel packages to Langkawi, Sabah, Sarawak, Johor, Malaysian Islands, Penang, Pahang and so on are here.
Malaysia Theme Park and Waterpark Packages - Hall 3 and 4
If you are looking for theme park tickets and packages, they are located here. Examples are Legoland, Hello Kitty, Tambun Lost World, Genting, KL Bird Park, A'Famosa Resort, Universal Studios Singapore and many others.
Southeast Asia Packages - Hall 3
Here, you will find the destinations like Singapore, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Bangkok, Hat Yai, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines and even Brunei.
International Travel Packages - Hall 1 and 2
All the rest of the world can be found here, including the many international tourism boards, airline tickets and so on.
Cruise Packages (Local) - Hall 3
Local Malaysia Cruise Packages are found here, especially those overnight cruises, those from Singapore, KL, Penang and Langkawi. Players like Star Cruise and Princess Cruises will have their booths around here.
Cruise Packages (International) - Hall 1 and 2
The international and luxury cruise packages are all located in these two halls. you will see names like Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruise and also Star Cruise.
|Various promotional packages available at Matta Fair|
Parking around the PWTC is really bad so many people choose to take the STAR Train and walk across from the station to the PWTC. If you are driving, it is best to go there very early to get your parking. There are additional parking lots around PWTC which charge anywhere from RM10 to RM20 per day.
|What some visitors do at the Matta Fair, compare prices from various tour agents|
For those planning to visit the next Matta Fair 2016, you should take note of the information given above. Other than that, if you have any feedback, please do leave them here or if you would like to contact me for any advertising opportunities for the Matta Fair Promotion Packages.