KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will continue to work in synergy with the Sabah Government to maintain positive growth in the state’s tourism sector.
MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang said tourism receipts for the state are expected to reach RM8 billion this year and continue to grow in the years ahead if tourists have a safe, comfortable and memorable stay in Sabah.
“It will not happen by chance but requires both public and private sectors to work in sync. We are happy to work closely with the State Government to achieve the aspirations of Sabah,” he said.
Tan led a delegation from the MATTA Sabah Chapter together with the chapter chairman Lawrence Chin to pay a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal, Chief Minister at his office on Monday.
“We are delighted to share with our Chief Minister the many activities of our association, at international, national and state levels, and our popular MATTA Fairs, which are organised nationwide including Kota Kinabalu.
“We are thrilled that YAB Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has agreed to officiate the next MATTA Fair at Kula Lumpur in March 2019 and Sabah will be promoted as the preferred domestic destination,” he said.
Tan said they also had meaningful deliberations on the importance of sound tourism infrastructure, promotions on rural tourism, maintenance on cleanliness of tourism sites such as beaches, safety and security of tourists.
Also discussed were the high airfares between Sabah and Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia, the need to cap domestic airfares which had adversely impacted travellers during festive seasons, and strategies to bring back long haul tourists from Europe,” he said.-SabahNewsToday