Recently, Malaysia introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April and it seems that give an impact to tourism industry. Just look at the currency exchange. I went to Singapore last week for a business trip and I can feel the impact of currency exchange. My mom is Singaporean and usually the currency rates is between 2.4-2.7 and nowadays, it’s simply increase to 3.0
For the first time, the two biggest events in the Malaysian tourism industry has been combined. The World Islamic Tourism Mart (WITM) and the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair will be held during the same 3 days at PWTC. This event is being touted as the number 1 travel fair in Malaysia. The exhibition will occupy almost 28,000sqm and take up 4 main halls: Hall 1, 2, 3 & 4. There is expected to be over 1,250 booths and over 200 exhibitors, with travel agents accounting for about 750 of those booths. The other booths will be taken by National Tourism Organisations and national airlines. Malaysia Airlines and Firefly will take up the whole Hall 1 mezzanine alone. Ministry of Indonesia, the official sponsor of the WITM will take up 30 booths in Hall 2.