Published on : Friday, March 10, 2017
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) President Datuk Hj Hamzah Rahmat is elated over the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) and the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) on March 9 in Berlin, Germany.
The MOU was signed by Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab,Director General of Tourism Malaysia and Mr. Michel De Blust,ECTAA Secretary General. It was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Nazri Abdul Aziz, Tourism and Culture Minister and Malaysian Ambassador to Germany Dato’ Zulkifli Adnan.
MATTA President Datuk Hj Hamzah was also present. He said “It was déjà vu attending another MOU signing ceremony with ECTAA. It was exactly one year ago, on 9 March 2016, that MATTA and ECTAA signed a MOU to foster international cooperation. MATTA is the national travel association in Malaysia representing 80 percent of all travel agents in the country, and Tourism Malaysia is the National Tourism Organisation (NTO) promoting the interests of all tourism players in Malaysia.”
“Such collaborations and commitments between Malaysia and European travel agents are necessary to boost European tourists to South East Asia, particularly Malaysia. Last year, visitors from 13 European countries, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands,Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Norway and Belgium combined dropped to 955,836 from1,038,542 in 2015.”
Source:-Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents