Disaster puts lid on new travel to Japan

WHILE agents at the MATTA and Mayflower travel fairs in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend (TTG Asia e-Daily, March 2) reported zero new bookings for outbound travel to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami there, they still remain upbeat about the destination.

Malaysian Harmony’s CEO, Cooper Huang, said he was expecting some cancellations for leisure travel bookings, but his 50-pax meetings-cum-incentives group combining Tokyo and Osaka scheduled for the month has not given any indication whether they would cancel or postpone.

Mayflower Acme Tours’ deputy general manager, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, said: “We have not received any cancellations for business travel to Japan.”

Skyzone Tours & Travel executive director David Lai said: “We’re optimistic there will not be many cancellations. The main destinations we promote and sell are Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido, and these areas are not affected.”

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