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Airlines Obligated to Provide Cash Refund for Flight Cancellations, Says MATTA

8 Apr 2020

MATTA is concerned that many passengers and travel agents may not be getting refunds due to them from flight cancellations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

RM10 Billion Stimulus Much Needed Lifeline For SME, Says MATTA

7 Apr 2020

MATTA welcomes the additional RM10 billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package.

MATTA Disappointed With Second Economic Stimulus Package, Fears More Will Lose Jobs

27 Mar 2020

MATTA is disappointed with the much anticipated Economic Stimulus Package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin which fails to address the key issue of protecting jobs.

Leasing Companies Should Use BNM Directive On Moratorium, Says MATTA

26 Mar 2020

MATTA had received numerous complaints from its members that leasing companies have created their own set of moratorium on repayment of loans instead of using the one issued by Bank Negara Malaysia on 24 March 2020.

Stop EPF And Pay 60% Of Employee Wages To Avoid Retrenchment Says MATTA

26 Mar 2020

MATTA is calling on the government to allow the private sector to stop mandatory contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and other levies.

Partial Lockdown Bold And Timely But Needs Clarification For Tourists Caught In Transition, Says MATTA

17 Mar 2020

MATTA welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that a movement control order will be imposed from tomorrow until the end of the month to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Malaysia Can Win War Against Coronavirus By Locking Down, Says MATTA

16 Mar 2020

MATTA is urging the Cabinet to declare an all-out war against Covid-19 instead of continuing with protracted battles on a piecemeal basis with no end in sight.

MATTA Requests New Minister Of Tourism To Amend Or Revoke Problematic Fourth Schedule

12 Mar 2020

MATTA is calling on YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Binti Shukri, the new Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, to have the Fourth Schedule of the Tourism Industry Act 1992 amended swiftly or revoked altogether.

Travel Agents Are The Biggest Victims Of Cancellations, Exclaims MATTA

8 Mar 2020

MATTA is calling on major tourism service providers such as airlines and hotels to be fair to travel agents who are the true victims of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Promote Legitimate Cross-Border Road Transportation, Says MATTA

5 Mar 2020

MATTA is concerned with the flow of foreign vehicles entering our country and taking passengers away from local transport operators licensed to provide taxi, van and bus services.

Economic Stimulus Package Timely Boost For Domestic Tourism, Says MATTA

28 Feb 2020

MATTA is delighted with the RM20 billion Economic Stimulus Package announced by Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, which will help mitigate the impact to the tourism industry that has been severely affected by Covid-19.

MATTA Responds To The Suspension Of The Umrah And Tourist Visas

27 Feb 2020

MATTA wishes to notify members of the suspension of entry into the Saudi Arabia for Umrah and visits to the Al Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

MATTA Announces Exclusive Domestic Travel Fair

11 Feb 2020

MATTA is pleased to announce the first ever MATTA Fair Cuti Cuti Malaysia will be held on 4 – 5 April 2020 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

MATTA Fair Deffered to May for Commercial Reason

6 Feb 2020

MATTA wishes to inform the public that the MATTA Fair in Kuala Lumpur has been rescheduled to 1-3 May 2020 at the World Trade Centre due to the coronavirus crisis that is causing massive upheaval in economies in the region.

Economic Stimulus Package Needed For Tourism Recovery, Says MATTA

5 Feb 2020

MATTA together with key industry stakeholders has had a series of meetings with the MOTAC, MOH and Tourism Malaysia to come up with strategies to tackle the sudden and significant drop in travel to Malaysia due to the coronavirus crisis.

China-Sabah Flights Suspension A Bold Move, Says MATTA

31 Jan 2020

MATTA has taken note that all direct flights from China to Sabah have been suspended temporarily until the situation normalises.

Tourism Businesses To Continue As Usual, Says MATTA

29 Jan 2020

MATTA is committed to supporting the government’s effort to contain the spread of the 2019-nCoV (Wuhan coronavirus) and to look into recovery measures to mitigate losses in the tourism industry.

Wuhan Coronavirus Will Affect The State And National Tourism Industry

26 Jan 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus will definitely affect the state and national tourism industry.

MATTA Welcomes China - Malaysia Year of Culture and Tourism 2020

20 Jan 2020

In conjunction with the China-Malaysia Year of Culture and Tourism 2020, a Tourism Promotion and Business Matching Conference was held at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTic), Kuala Lumpur.

MATTA Expects More Arrivals From India

7 Jan 2020

MATTA inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with national travel associations from India to boost tourism between Malaysia and India in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020.

MATTA Takes Action Against MATA For Trademark Infringement

4 Jan 2020

MATTA wishes to advise its members and the general public that it has issued a letter of demand through it's lawyers to the Persatuan Agensi Pelancong Malaysia (Malaysia Association Tour Agency) ["MATA"].

Visit Malaysia 2020 MATTA Vehicle Stickers Launched by Minister At MaTiC, Kuala Lumpur

3 Jan 2020

As part of its ongoing campaign in promoting Visit Malaysia 2020, MATTA has printed stickers to be displayed on tour buses, excursion vans and travel offices nationwide.

MATTA Thanks PM For Extending Visa Free Entry For China And India Tourists During VM2020

29 Dec 2019

MATTA welcomes the decision to extend current visa-free arrangements for China and India tourists to next year.

MATTA and Industry Partners Reaching Out to Underprivileged Children

16 Dec 2019

MATTA in partnership with Global Peace Foundation, Aquawalk Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Airlines brought joy to 90 children at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre and Aquaria KLCC today through a joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

Allegations by Disgruntled Members Not Supported by Evidence, Says MATTA

16 Dec 2019

MATTA received a letter from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) based on complaints allegedly lodged by disgruntled members after the elections for the Executive Council of MATTA were held at the AGM of the association on 13 July 2019.