The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) announced the debut of MATTA Tourism Career & Education Fair (MTCEF), on September 2, 2023, at Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in conjunction with MATTA Fair. This groundbreaking career event was the result of a strategic collaboration between MATTA and the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University, bringing together industry experts, educators and aspiring students for a day of knowledge and career-building opportunities.
“MATTA Tourism Career & Education Fair (MTCEF) is poised to be a pivotal event in the field of tourism, facilitating dialogue, and collaboration among professionals, students, and organizations in the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, and Events sectors. With 20 exhibitors and an anticipated 100 participants from diverse backgrounds, the event promised to be a hub of innovation and learning,” said Mr. Nigel Wong, the President of MATTA.
The career fair boasted a distinguished lineup of speakers, including Ms. Wan Yon Shahima binti Wan Othman, Chief Customer Officer, Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kandappan Balasubramanian, Associate Professor from School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, Taylor’s University and Ms. Hannah Pearson, Regional Director APAC for the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Together, they provided invaluable insights into the tourism industry’s evolving dynamics.
The MATTA Tourism Career & Education Fair organised by the Malaysian Travel & Tours Association was a brainchild of MATTA Past President YBhgvDatuk Tan Kok Liang and supported by Taylor's University through the leadership of Professor Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan, Executive Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences & Leisure Management which has seen its fruition this year.
Aspiring students and industry enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of educational programmes, internship opportunities, and career prospects offered by esteemed institutions and organizations. The career fair offers a unique platform for attendees to connect with industry professionals, educators, and peers, fostering connections that can shape their future careers and educational paths.” Mr. Nigel Ng ended.
In conclusion, fostering the next generation of leaders in the tourism industry is at the heart of MTCEF. This event served as a platform to empower both students and professionals, equipping them with the expertise and valuable connections that are essential for success in the ever-evolving realm of tourism.