MATTA FAIR 2011 Aug 12th-14th Preview, Malaysia Largest Travel Fair
The largest travel fair is back and it will be happening from 12th to 14th August, 10 am to 9pm at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. Since 1975, the member boosts to over 2000 members from a mere 30 over members.
The upcoming Matta Fair will expect a bigger turnout than last year. Expect more than 800 booths, mainly travel from local and international agents.
Before I proceed, let us look back on the traveling industry this year.
On March, the natural disaster in Japan rocked the world. Coincidentally it was happening during the Matta Fair, many travel agents and companies were badly hit by the incident. Sadly, we were the victim as well. We cancelled our planned trip at that time and we went to Hong Kong, Macau and China instead. Japan is now fully recovered and they are ready for business! I had a few friends who visited Japan in this few weeks gave good feedbacks on their trips. Japan anyone?
Thus, on the last few days we were saddened by the riots in London and also not forgetting the rise of oil prices in the past few months which inflates the air tickets with fuel surcharges.
However, we had the shocking news this few days. It is the alliance of Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines. Just weeks after the alliance of Air Asia with ANA in Japan to establish Air Asia Japan, the alliance between Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines will create a strong partnership in many years to come.
What do we expect from the upcoming Matta Fair 2011? Where do you want to travel?
We often travel out of the country but we missed the best part at home. Try to travel to places like Mulu Caves in Sarawak, Mount Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu and also Sipadan Island in Sabah for scuba diving. Sabah and Sarawak is eco-tourism and cultural haven. Time to visit this two lovely states?
Yes, we visited Thailand earlier this year and we will be traveling to Thailand again this October. We always enjoy traveling to the Land of Smiles. We will be going to Krabi for the second time and will be visiting different islands if everything goes well.
We still have not visit Bangkok this year, Bangkok has been our annual destination for the past few years. Bangkok has been always top destination for shopping, culture and food.
Islands like Koh Phuket and Koh Samui are favourites among Malaysians. However there are also beautiful islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Samed which are popular with their locals are yet to be ventured by most Malaysians.
Visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand booth for more info, you will not be disappointed!
Bali has been always a hot destination. We spent our honeymoon their last year and we loved it!
Check our other Honeymoon in Bali adventures below:
Honeymoon in Bali Day One: Uluwatu Temple, Klapa Beach Club and Dreamland Luxury Villa and Spa
Honeymoon in Bali Day 3: Dreamland Luxury Villa & Spa, La Beau Kunti Villa and 168 Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Honeymoon in Bali Day 5: Spa in La Beau Kunti Villa, Shopping at Kuta Market and Goodbye Bali!
Despite visiting Bali twice, we still could still go to Bali in the near future.
On top of Bali, there are also other destinations to look for like Mount Batur, Surabaya, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Lake Toba and Lombok Island.
For scuba divers, some of the destinations in Indonesia are the best in the world.
Resort World Singapore is heavily promoting their rooms while Sentosa Island is offering cheap day passes. Check out our adventure in Sentosa Island via Sentosa Play Pass. There are 13 attractions for the Sentosa Day Pass! In addition, there are also package deals with Universal Studios Singapore with stay at RWS.
Marina Bay Sands also offered great deals on their rooms, we enjoyed our experience there and do check out our review on their hotel room HERE. We recently also paid a visit there to watch the award winning musical Lion King The Musical.
Korea is one of the top favourite destinations for youngsters, teenagers and fresh graduates for the past few years. The emergence of K-POP and Korean dramas had taken Asia by storm. Do check out great travel deals on traveling to Korea and do visit the KNTO (Korea National Tourism Organization) booth at Matta Fair.
We visited Hong Kong twice this year and we loved it.
This year is Disneyland Hong Kong’s 5th Year Anniversary and do expect to enjoy special shows and celebrations for this occasion. We went to Disneyland Hong Kong twice and we enjoyed the special Tinker Bell’s Light Show there.
We also enjoyed shopping in Hong Kong particularly in Citygate Outlets.
For our Muslim friends, do check our Halal Food Restaurants List if you plan to go to Hong Kong soon. We experienced some of the best Halal Food in Hong Kong and it is highly recommended, do check out our review below:
If you are traveling to Hong Kong, then take a ferry to Macau. Macau is the highest revenue earned city in the world for casino gambling, taking the title from Las Vegas for the past few years. With dozens of spectacular casinos, Macau is also famous for its local delicacy, cultural and historical attractions.
Australia has been always a place to go for Malaysians. Planning a family trip or better still a self drive trip to Australia this end of the year? Check out our adventures in Victoria Australia earlier this year.
Check out my other Visit Victoria 2011 9 Days experiences by clicking the link below:
Visit Victoria Day 8: Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, Coffee Tour, Shark Walk, Victoria Market and Chinatown
Visit Victoria Day 9: Gold Class Limousines and Goodbye Australia
We will be visiting Matta Fair 2011 to check out great deals for the end of the year or early next year. See you there!
How to go to Matta Fair 2011, PWTC:
I will be driving there early to avoid unnecessary traffic jam. I will park at the The Mall Shopping center which is located opposite Seri Pacific Hotel. Otherwise you could try your luck parking inside.
The other best way is to take a train there via STAR LRT under PWTC station or KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad)