U.S. Embassy to Partner with Hawaii Tourism at National MATTA Fair in Kuala Lumpur

From left: Mr. Kelvin Ong, Regional Director & Malaysia Country Manager of Hawaii Tourism, Mr. Edgard Kagan, U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Nigel Wong, Honorary Secretary General of MATTA and Mr. Phua Tai Neng, CEO of MATTA

Attention: News Editor
August 22, 2016

The U.S. Embassy will partner with Hawaii’s lead tourism agency, Hawaii Tourism, at the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair in Kuala Lumpur on September 2-4.  This will be the second time the U.S. Embassy has participated in the National MATTA Fair, following March 2015.  The U.S. Embassy has also participated in MATTA Fairs in Kota Kinabalu and Johor Bahru in 2016.

The U.S. booth will include Hawaii imagery and themes.  Staff representing Hawaii Tourism will be at the booth to answer questions.  In addition, Hawaiian-style hula dancers and musicians will perform at the Fair.  U.S. Embassy consular staff will be present at the booth throughout the Fair to explain the visa process. The U.S. Embassy will hand out stamps with the Embassy’s booth number to travel agents at the fair.

The U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Edgard Kagan, said “As more and more Malaysians discover the culture, landscape, and hospitality of the United States, we are confident that number of Malaysian tourists to the United States will continue to grow.”

The United States welcomed nearly 82,000 Malaysian visitors to the United States in 2015, and that number has grown more than 70% over the past 10 years. Approximately 7,200 Malaysian students are studying in the United States.  The number has increased steadily over the past few years.  More than 96% of Malaysian travelers are approved for a visa, and most applicants can get their visa the next working day.

The U.S. Embassy’s booths will be located in Hall 1, number 1437-1438.