KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 -- The two-day Malaysia Virtual Travel Expo 2020 from August 22, 2020, could help boost the country's domestic tourism during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period, said Tourism Malaysia Domestic and Events Division senior director Datuk Dr Ammar Abd Ghapar.

He said the online expo using the e-commerce platform is targeting RM1.2 million in returns to benefit the 640,000 small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in the tourism industry.

He said that due to COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry players did not know which direction to head for and the measures they needed to take to reach their customers.

"It is a good effort and a good move to be in this platform (expo), it is designed so that they (entrepreneurs) will not be left behind when it comes to reaching out to potential customers and to conduct their business as usual," he said during a press conference at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATiC) here today.

He also hoped that all states would participate in the event and encouraged entrepreneurs to promote their tourism products, including their best holiday packages for domestic destinations. 

According to Ammar the expo would become a one-stop centre where customers can grab the best holiday package deals via the e-commerce platform www.mytravelexpo.com.

He said the expo would not only benefit hotel owners, but also other parties involved in the tourism economic chain, such as hotel staff, food suppliers and those from the transportation sector.

Meanwhile, Quiton Group chief executive officer Datuk Alvin Ooi said customers who buy holiday packages from the expo will get to enjoy discounts of up to 50 per cent if they pay through the Quinpay digital payment application.

The expo is organised by Quiton Group, as the main organiser, together with Online Enterprise Development Association and supported by strategic partner Malaysia Tourism Council and Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA).

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