Malaysian travel agents have seen no cancellations so far after the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
However, many of them expect that medium and longhaul packages will be affected. Their projection follows the recent disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) Beijing-bound flight MH370, which went missing on March 8 after its departure from Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) president Hamzah Rahmat said feedback from association members showed no record of flight reservation cancellations by both inbound and outbound tourists. "But we will observe and provide updates on any cancellation. Everything is normal so far," he told Bernama.
Directlink Travel and Tour Sdn Bhd manager Dickie Leow said only five tourists from Beijing cancelled their April flight reservations to Malaysia following the incident. "Reservations are also at a slow pace, but it is probably because holidaymakers are anticipating the MATTA Fair 2014 on March 14-16 to get better deals," he said.
Twenty eight million visitors are targeted for 'Visit Malaysia 2014', which would potentially generate a revenue of RM76 billion for the country.