MATTA Fair 2010
held on the 12th to 14th March at PWTC
(Putra World Trade Center) in Malaysia is one of the best travel fairs in Malaysia which you should attend if you are looking for fantastic holiday packages and great bargains. This year alone, there are an estimated 900 booths at the MATTA Fair 2010
and after a recovering 2009, the economy is back up again so one would expect really good deals from the participating travel agencies there.MATTA Fair 2010
will also be interesting this time around as some of the new players in the industry like Resorts World
or Genting Group
will be promoting their Resorts World Sentosa Packages
since the recent opening in February 2010 in Singapore. The much awaited Universal Studios Singapore
by Resorts World Sentosa
would be the main selling highlight for this amazing place which will be opening on 8.28AM March 18 2010
, so most Resort World Singapore Packages would be selling fast as it would be a win-win for both parents and children.
Another Singapore Holiday Package
to look out for at the MATTA Fair 2010 is the up and coming Marina Bay Sands Singapore
which will be having the soft opening on 27th April 2010 while the full launch will be later in the same year. Holiday packages to Singapore would be very interesting with the opening of these two mega resorts, Resorts World Singapore
and Marina Sands Bay Singapore
Holiday, Vacation or Trip as most would term it, the Matta Travel Fair
here is one of the main places to book your destination getaway. The trick is not to visit just once but you have to visit the fair at least two days out of the three. The place is so huge and by visiting just once, you will be rushing yourself and may end up missing out on some great deals. I always go early and take my time to walk around and explore the holiday packages offered. Sometimes on the last day, some of the vendors will throw extra special deals with the vacation packages terming them 'Last Day Sale'.
Crowd at the previous Matta Fair 2009Cheap Flight Tickets at MATTA FairCheap Flight Tickets
have always been a good seller at MATTA Fair so this time around, look out for AirAsia
, Malaysia Airlines or MAS
, Berjaya Air
and other airlines who are competing with cheap airline tickets or even cheap packages inclusive of flights. The biggest counters who are usually Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines usually dominate the competition there, so take your time and weigh all pros and cons before you make that flight package booking.
Apparently, one of the best deals for local and overseas packages is from FireFly
, so that booth should be one to check out during the travel fair. A blog posting from FireFly
states that they aim to hit RM1.5 Million (US$441k) in sales during the coming Matta Fair 2010. Check out some of their Koh Samui Packages
offered as well.Holiday Packages from MATTA FairHoliday Packages
to many destinations are also really cheap when you buy them at the MATTA Fair as most of the travel agencies or tour companies would be throwing crazy priced packages that are unbelievably cheap. Big names like Mayflower Travel and Tours
, Reliance Travel
, Apple Holidays
, PYO Travel
and other travel companies will be highlighting their special tour packages as well so compare them with the others.
A couple discussing their Hong Kong Disneyland Holiday PackageHong Kong Disneyland Holiday Packages
are also a popular seller as even in the last MATTA Fair 2009, many tour companies were selling them and a lot of people seem to have bought the Hong Kong Disneyland Packages. Some even offer the optional Macau Holiday Package
with your Disneyland trip so ask if you would like to kill two birds with one stone. Then again, those interested in the real Disneyland USA Travel Packages
or Disney World Packages
would also be pleased to know they cater to these fun packages.Tourism Taiwan
with multiple Taiwan Travel Packages
and Mexico Tourism
are also aggressively promoting their destination as affordable packages. Looks like the Taiwan Holiday Packages
will be a winner with the locals as it is relatively cheap with AirAsia
flying there where else Mexico Holiday Packages would be the dream destination holiday for some who can afford this.
Another destination for great travel offers would be New Zealand Travel Packages
. Tourism New Zealand
has been working hard to promote the islands to Asians while Australia who has been working non-stop with with Tourism Australia
to promote their Australia Travel Packages
. AirAsia also flies to Australia with AirAsiaX so packages can be cheaper than before.
But the local Malaysia Holiday Packages
would be the big sellers as most of these packages are more than affordable however note that the cheap holiday packages are usually 3D/2N packages which work very well on weekends. Those of you who seek these kind of quick holidays would be please to know that you can get all kinds of holiday packages at the Matta Fair. Keep an eye out for the 'Travel Now Pay Later
' Holiday Packages available too.Muslim Tour Packages
are also a big hit at the travel fair. Check out some of the big named companies that promote these Muslim Holidays to Korea, China, Egypt, Europe, Indonesia, Australia and so on. Reliance Holidays
and Apple Holidays
are some of the popular booths to visit for Muslim Travel Packages.Cruise Packages
are also big here at Matta Fair where you will be spoiled with choices from Asian Cruise Packages, Europe Cruise Packages and American or Caribbean Cruise Packages. Star Cruises
are also offering some great Cruise Ship Packages.
Kids Stay Free PromotionsTraveling with Family and Children
These days, holiday packages including children are a big hit as well. From the last Matta Fair 2009, I noticed that a number of tour companies are offering Kids Travel Free
with their custom made packages for the Family Holiday Packages
. To my surprise, the response was really good. Family holiday packages usually include free stay for the kids so check with the relevant tour companies on what is available.
Matta Fair patrons booking holidaysBeach Holiday Packages
are also big at Matta Fair where last year, Club Med
was offering a super deal on a Holiday Package to Maldives
where the price was almost half the normal rate. It was so good that I was so tempted to get that Maldives Package from Club Med. Sea Villas at 5D/4N for around RM1,640 (US$482) per person if I recall. So, watch some of the specialist travel agents or resorts for these crazy holiday deals.Update:Club Med Mauritius
is having a promotion 'Buy One Get One Free' at RM2,552 for 5D/4N. This means you pay only RM1,276 per person!
But the most popular holiday packages would be the China Tours and Packages
. With AirAsia flying to over 8 destinations around China and 140 weekly flights there, prices have dropped and China Packages have been even more so affordable. Technically with AirAsia flying all over the region, traveling has never been so cheap and affordable.
Southeast Asia destinations are not to be over looked as with more budget airlines mushrooming in the region, many travel agencies are taking advantage of the low cost carrier fares and using them to sell packages. Last year, the Indonesia booth by Tourism Indonesia
was pretty big with promoting the country. Bandung, Jogjakarta, Medan and of course Bali were the popular sellers. Note that Bandung Factory Outlet Shopping Packages
are quite popular too.Sabah Tourism
attended the last Matta Fair with a extra large group of vendors who were heavily promoting The Land Below The Wind, Sabah
. From seeing Mount Kinabalu Packages to White Water Rafting Packages and Snorkeling Packages to Nature and Wildlife Tours, they were pretty impressive to check out.Sabah Packages
will be focused mainly on the East Coast Sabah where promotions on Sandakan and Tawau are highlighted. Lots of Nature Packages, Eco Tourism Packages and Diving Packages are offered here.
Local travel companies offering various nature packagesGround Packages at MATTA FairCheap Ground Packages
are also a big hit with airlines offering rock bottom flight prices. If you browse around the travel booths at the Matta Fair, you will notice that some holiday packages are unbelievably cheap. But look carefully as most of these packages are Ground Only Arrangements. That means you book your own flight tickets and use their accommodation package. These ground-only packages are great if you are traveling on a budget and don't mind stating at lower rate hotels or guesthouses.
A man looks at the various holiday and travel packages offeredCheap Airfare/Airline Tickets at MATTA Fair
One of the tricks that would work is this - Buy your budget airline ticket way in advance from AirAsia or any other budget airline, then check out cheap hotel rooms from various websites like Agoda.Com
and others. This way, you can really have a longer holiday and not spend too much on airfares and hotels. Then again, you can always book via AirAsia or AirAsiaX or GoHolidays or AirAsiaGo
for the full packages (ticket and room) online but one needs to wait for them to announce the sales and promotions for these cheap tickets and packages.
Here's another tip into getting first hand knowledge on Cheap Airfares
or Cheap Airline Tickets
from some of the leading airline companies. Sign up on their Facebook Page
and get first hand information on when promotions and sales are announced. I have had the pleasure of getting first hand knowledge of Ticket Promotions from AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines
all just from the Facebook pages. Here are some of the Facebook Groups you may want to join:
Diving Packages in Malaysia
For the specialty groups like Divers, there are multiple Dive Packages throughout Southeast Asia available here. Most popular would be the Sipadan Diving Package
followed by Pulau Redang Dive Packages, Pulau Perhentian Dive Packages, Pulau Lang Tengah Dive Packages and the list goes on. For divers, the Matta Fair provides some really great deals here.
Then there are places like Manado, Thailand, Sabah and Bali which also offer divers an excellent deal so do check out some of the packages for diving while here.Beach/Island Holiday PackagesBeach and Island Holiday Packages
are quite popular too and many local travel companies would be offering fantastic deals on mostly 3D/2N Island Packages. Another well kn own place that many people check are for the Pulau Manukan Packages
in Sabah and also Langkawi Holiday Packages
If you like the East Coast islands of Malaysia, one of the companies to look out for is Ping Anchorage Travel and Tours
. They seem to be the most aggressive in promoting Island Holiday Packages namely Redang Island Packages, Perhentian Island Packages and Island Discovery Packages throughout Malaysia. From the looks of it, they seem to be very involved in Eco-Tourism Travel for Malaysia with additional Sabah and Sarawak Travel Packages, Kenyir Lake Packages and also Taman Negara Packages. If you like nature, islands and beaches and the rainforest, do visit Ping Anchorage and compare the prices.
All sorts of promotions from various travel companies
Below is from a current advertisement from one of the local tour agents, SA Tours
who is offering cheap travel packages for the MATTA Fair 2010. You will see a lot of holiday packages from various companies so choose carefully and wisely.
RM3.00 (US$0.88) per person/per day - You are given a wrist band to wear.