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New online booking portal to offer competitive rates

25th June, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) members will soon have its own online booking portal to offer competitive rates for visitors.

Its president, Datuk Tan Kok Liang disclosed that they had now finishing the on-boarding for the hotels in Kota Kinabalu ranging from five to lower stars.

Tan who has just completed a nationwide on boarding for hotel and service products in peninsula said the MATTA portal will display the dynamic pricing of the hotel rates which will go up or down according to the season.

The MATTA portal aims to make the online hotel bookings more competitive like the foreign online engine platform Agoda which offered cheaper rates, he said during the MATTA Sabah Chapter Hari Raya Open House at a hotel here on Sunday.

The event was attended by Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

“The on boarding also includes the airlines rates and the places of attractions. This process will make Malaysia stay competitive once again,” Tan asserted.

On the illegal tour operators and transporters, Tan revealed he had held a closed down meeting with Liew and Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture (MOTAC) Sabah director Ag Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar.

The tourism minister has asked him to tackle the problems quickly including the curb the zero costs tours, illegal operations and other issues, he said.

“With the strategy and supports from the Sabah Tourism Ministry and federal MOTAC, I am sure the ramblings and grumblings from our members will be addressed especially when they have spent so much doing marketing but their businesses were taken away by illegal tour operators and transporters,” Tan said.

Federal MOTAC secretary general Datuk Isham Ishak was impressed with Sabah tourism development which is well-structured and strategised.

“Sabah is better in terms of promoting and creating products. I am trying to learn this formula and hopefully we can apply it to other states,” Isham said.

He also disclosed that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will launch the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in July.

“The logo and song is ready and next year is also a significant year for the prime minister to realise his envisaged ‘Vision 2020’ which he launched in the 1990s,” he said.

There will be several apex meetings next year including 16 ministerial meetings with more than 20,000 people will be coming. It will be held nationwide in different states, he said.

MOTAC will be attending the Dubai Expo 2020 to promote Malaysia to the world.

He also encouraged the people to promote Malaysia to their friends to help boosts the tourist arrival next year as called by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail recently.

Meanwhile, Isham announced he had also liberalised the tour guide gold badge to lift its restriction.

“I have a meeting with the tour guides who holds the gold and green badges in Sandakan few days ago.

“I have immediately liberalised the gold badges so that they can be used in other places in Sabah. So this would not be limited as we want to create job opportunities in the tourism sector,” he asserted.

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