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Nearly 300 exhibitors at MATTA Fair Penang
GEORGE TOWN: The coming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Penang 2019 has received overwhelming response with 293 exhibitors...
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More exhibitors at upcoming MATTA Fair Penang 2019
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Penang 2019 has received overwhelming response with 293 exhibitors confirming their participation.MATTA honorary secretary-general Nigel Wo...
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UOB's FinLab to launch Jom Transform Programme to help SMEs with digital...
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 19): United Overseas Bank Ltd's (UOB) innovation accelerator The FinLab, together with UOB Malaysia, is launching its "Jom Transform Programme". In an email interview with theedgema...
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Umrah packages cost to go up
KUALA LUMPUR: A price hike of up to an additional RM1,000 per person on umrah packages is unavoidable following Saudi Arabia’s decision to increase the visa fee...
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Cost of umrah may go up, says MATTA
KUALA LUMPUR: The cost of performing umrah in Saudi Arabia may increase by between RM500 to RM1,000.
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MATTA welcomes Saudi's decision to cancel repeat umrah fees
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Malaysian Association of Tour And Travel Agents (MATTA) welcomes Saudi Arabia's decision to cancel additional fees imposed on repeat umrah pilgrims.
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Travel agents’ group welcomes cut in PSC charge
GEORGE TOWN: A travel agents’ trade group today hailed the government’s decision to cut the passenger service charge (PSC) for non-Asean flights out of klia2 and other airports in the country from...
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Johor a fave destination for tourists
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor, with its pristine islands and world-class theme parks, has been crowned Malaysia’s Favourite Desti­nation for this month’s Malaysian...
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Johor named Malaysia's favourite destination at MATTA Fair
Johor, with its pristine islands, rich heritage and world class theme parks, has been crowned "Malaysia's Favourite Destination" at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Sep...
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Johor named Malaysia's favourite destination at MATTA Fair
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor, with its pristine islands, rich heritage and world class theme parks, has been crowned "Malaysia's Favourite Destination" at the Malaysian...
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MATTA Fair kicks off today
KUALA LUMPUR: Travel buffs will be spoilt for choice with a vast variety of attractive deals and travel packages at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents...
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Matta expects departure levy to have no impact on sales
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) expects the recently-imposed departure levy to have no impact on sales during its upcoming Matta Fair September 2019, said CEO Phua Tai Neng...
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Matta hails PSC cut for international travellers
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 30): Local tour and travel agents say they are thankful to the Cabinet for lowering the passenger service charge (PSC) for travellers flying out of klia2 and other airports except th...
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Firefly offers 60% discount for domestic flights
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 27): Firefly Airlines (Firefly) is giving up to 60% discount on all domestic destinations and holiday packages for long weekends, as part of its ‘Terima Kasih’ campaign.
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Firefly offers 60 per cent discount for domestic flights
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 27): Firefly Airlines (Firefly) is giving up to 60 per cent discount on all domestic destinations and holiday packages for long weekends, as part of its ‘Terima Kasih’ campaign.
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Number of Chinese tourists to Malaysia increasing
PETALING JAYA (Aug 9): China’s recent economic slowdown has not seemed to curtail its citizens from holidaying abroad, and Malaysia has been one of the beneficiairies of it.
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Departure tax not going to stop travellers, says MATTA
KUALA LUMPUR: People who want to travel will travel, and hence the departure levy on all passengers departing Malaysian airports effective Sept 1 is not expected to impact sales at the upcoming Malays...
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Departure tax not going to stop travellers, says MATTA
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 6): People who want to travel will travel, and hence the departure levy on all passengers departing Malaysian airports effective Sept 1 is not expected to impact sales at the upcomin...
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More locals wanted on open deck buses
KUALA LUMPUR: The operator of the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus service wants more locals to take its open-deck double-decker buses on city tours.
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Sabah seeks 50 percent earnings from departure levy
Sabah is looking to discuss keeping up to 50 percent of revenue from the tourist departure levy, which comes into force next month.
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Malaysians told to be cautious in Hong Kong
PETALING JAYA: As Hong Kongers take their protest for democracy to their international gateway at the airport, Malaysia Airlines say their flights to and from the territory remain as scheduled.
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MATTA members’ vehicles on e-hailing apps
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will be entering the e-hailing space by collaborating with four companies to list their members’ transport offerings on their e-hailing apps.
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E-hailing companies hail 3-month extension to get PSV licence
KUALA LUMPUR: Several e-hailing companies have welcomed the transport ministry’s decision to allow another three months for drivers to obtain their public service vehicle (PSV) licence after the ini...
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Matta calls for more in-depth study on departure levy
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has urged the government to engage with tourism industry stakeholders before implementing the departure levy.
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Halal Holiday launched to cater to Muslim tourists
Muslim friendly tourism marketplace, Halal Holiday aims to give better choices for customers by training tour operators on Muslims' needs
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Growing demand for good-quality hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Sun, sand and sea are believed to be the main elements that have attracted visitors to Sabah.
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Study implications before having departure levy, says Matta
PETALING JAYA: A major tourism body says without a proper study the departure levy, likely to be imposed in September, may hit arrival of tourists and make Malaysia a less competitive destination.
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Many tourists still keen on visiting Hong Kong
PETALING JAYA: Recent protests in Hong Kong are unlikely to deter Malaysians from going as authorities there are capable of ensuring visitors’ safety, say tourism players. Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said tourists had confidence in Hong Kong’s safety and security standards.
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Negri royal wins MATTA award
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran travel industry player and member of the Negri Sembilan royal family Datuk Seri Tunku Iskandar Tunku Abdul­lah is one of the winners of the first ever MATTA Awards.Tunku Iskandar was presented the MATTA Tourism Icon Award at the awards presentation ceremony and gala dinner here yesterday.
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Tunku Iskandar awarded MATTA Tourism Icon Award
KUALA LUMPUR: The inaugural MATTA Awards saw Datuk Seri Tunku Iskandar Tunku Abdullah being presented the MATTA Tourism Icon Award.
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More five-star hotels approved
Liew (seated centre), flanked by Tan and Chin, with Krishna (seated second left), Isham (fourth left), other guests, Matta officials and members.
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Over one million tourists visited Sabah in the first five months
More than one million tourists visited Sabah from January to May this year, with 662,560 of them being local tourists and 371,311 foreigners who arrived on flights via the Kota Kinabalu International ...
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Deputy CM: Sabah played host to over one million tourists in first five months 2019
KOTA KINABALU, June 24 — More than one million tourists visited Sabah from January to May this year, with 662,560 of them being local tourists and 371,311 million foreigners who arrived on flights v...
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Over one million tourists visit Sabah in first five months
KOTA KINABALU: More than one million tourists visited Sabah from January to May this year, with 662,560 of them being local tourists and 371,311 million foreigners who arrived on flights via the Kota ...
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Malaysia listed top 10 wellness tourism markets in Asia Pacific, says Matta president
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — Malaysia is listed in the top 10 wellness tourism markets in Asia Pacific with a positive growing trend in the future, said the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent...
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Sabah to cap visitor numbers at marine park to prevent overcrowding
KOTA KINABALU - The carrying capacity to the five islands under Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) here will be capped due to overcrowding, as proposals to "facelift" the islands are also being considered...
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Sabah to cap visitor numbers at marine park to prevent overcrowding
KOTA KINABALU: The carrying capacity to the five islands under Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) here will be capped due to overcrowding, as proposals to "facelift" the islands are also being considered.
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UOB Malaysia launches business transformation plan
KUALA LUMPUR: United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd launched a three-month business transformation programme on Thursday to help businesses in Malaysia adopt technology to drive productivity and growth.
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Restructure Esscom but don’t compromise on security, says tourism body
KOTA KINABALU: A major tourism body has welcomed news that the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) could be restructured but warns that the tourism industry still expects better protection.
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Review KLIA2 entry fee for buses, tour vans, Matta urges Transport Ministry
KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) today urged the Transport Ministry to review entry fee charges for buses and tour vans to pick up and drop off pass...
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Govt expects to announce positive news on Visa-On-Arrival soon
GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Government is expected to announce positive news on the (VOA) for tourists after the Aidilfitri celebrations in June or July, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamadd...
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Tourism minister says to expect good news on visas on arrival
The government is expected to announce positive news on visas on arrival (VOA) for tourists after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in June or July, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohammadin K...
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Minister: Govt expects to announce positive news on Visa-On-Arrival soon
GEORGE TOWN, May 16 — The Federal Government is expected to announce positive news on the Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) for tourists after the Aidilfitri celebrations in June or July, Tourism, Arts and Cult...
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Over one million tourists visit Sabah in first three months
KOTA KINABALU: About 1,033,871 tourists visited Sabah in the first three months of this year, according to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
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Over one million tourists visit Sabah in first three months
KOTA KINABALU, May 11 — About 1,033,871 tourists visited Sabah in the first three months of this year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
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Meet tourism demand in Malaysia with flights, flexible visa policies, industry players say
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The number of tourists from China has surged since March with most direct flights from China to Malaysia fully booked.
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‘Meet demand with flights and flexible visa policies’
PETALING JAYA: The number of tourists from China has surged since March with most direct flights from China to Malaysia fully booked.
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MATTA connects with Asean, Indian tour and travel players
PUTRAJAYA: In a bid to boost local tourism to tour operators from Asean countries and India, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) organised a two-day programme to connect with these travel industry players.
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US travel advisory on Sabah has not affected tourist arrivals, says Tourism Malaysia chairman
KOTA KINABALU, April 24 ― Tourism Malaysia Chairman Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau today said the inclusion of Sabah’s east coast in the US “K” list travel advisory for potential kidnappings, has...
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Why single Sabah out, tourist officials ask US over ‘K’ list
KOTA KINABALU: Tourism players have criticised the US authorities for singling out Sabah when they put Malaysia on the “K” list in a travel advisory early this month.
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US travel advisory about Sabah unfair, say tourism players
KOTA KINABALU: The travel advisory about Sabah's east coast issued by the United States is unfair, say local tourism players.
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Visa on arrival requirements from China, India tourists may be relaxed
The Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirements for tourists from China and India may be relaxed in a bid to increase the number of visitors from the two countries in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020.
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Visa-free travel for China and India visitors
PUTRAJAYA: The Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirement for tourists from China and India may be relaxed to increase the number of visitors from both countries in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020.Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the move might be implemented this year, but he did not give details on the requirement which would be relaxed.
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Visa On Arrival requirements for China, India tourists may be relaxed — Minister
PUTRAJAYA (April 22): The Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirements for tourists from China and India may be relaxed in a bid to increase the number of visitors from the two countries in conjunction with Vis...
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Minister: Visa on arrival requirements for China, India tourists may be relaxed
PUTRAJAYA, April 22 — The Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirements for tourists from China and India may be relaxed in a bid to increase the number of visitors from the two countries in conjunction with V...
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VOA requirements for China, India tourists may be relaxed, says Tourism Minister
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The visa-on-arrival (VOA) requirements for tourists from China and India may be relaxed in a bid to increase the number of visitors from the two countries in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020.
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Dip in Singapore tourist arrivals: Tourism Ministry, KDN to resolve JB CIQ issue
GEORGE TOWN (April 5): The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) is working closely with the Home Ministry (KDN) to resolve the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) is...
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Reduction in 2 million visitors from Singapore sets off alarm bells
GEORGE TOWN: Congestion at the Causeway has caused a dip of nearly two million visitors from Singapore to the country.
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Irresistible deals at MATTA Fair
GEORGE TOWN: To add to the excitement of this year’s Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Penang, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and its sister company, Firefly Airlines, will be offering irresistible discounts of up to 50% on international and domestic airfares.
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Matta: Finance Ministry not charging SST on tour packages
KUALA LUMPUR: The sales and services tax (SST), which was supposed to be implemented into the tour industry in 1st March 2019, will not be imposed.
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Sabah picked as Malaysia's favourite destination at MATTA Fair
KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah is honoured to be selected "Malaysia's Favourite Destination" at the 47th edition of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair 2019.
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Focus on Muslim travellers, tour agents advised
KUALA LUMPUR: Bumiputra travel agents should take advantage of an increase in the number of Muslim travellers to woo more tourists to Malaysia and help boost the country’s economy.
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MAS offers up to 30% discounts at Matta Fair
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will offer discounts of up to 30% on airfares to local and international destinations during the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Fair.
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After VOA more improvements needed to increase tourism: NGOs
PETALING JAYA: The move to implement Visa on Arrival (VOA) in Langkawi has been lauded by stakeholders in the tourism sector, but they have asked for extra steps to be taken by the government to boost...
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Matta urges Customs to review service tax amid worries tourist numbers will be affected
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The Customs Department has been urged to review its Service Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2018 for tourism management services which came into effect yesterday, fearing it coul...
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MATTA cautiously optimistic
PETALING JAYA: Tourist arrivals suffered a slight decline last year but there is positivity in that tourist receipts grew 2.4%, according to official data.
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Taiwan most popular travel destination among Malaysians
KUALA LUMPUR: Taiwan is set to become more popular among Malaysians as the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) today announced that country as “Asia’s Favourite Destination” ...
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eNTRI service back online
PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department’s online system for Chinese and Indian tourists to apply for a 15-day visa exemption is back in service after being suspended on Jan 1.
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Chinese tourists eyed by other nations in this region
PETALING JAYA: One reason for the decrease in Chinese tourist arrivals is because there are now more choices for them as every country wants to woo them, said Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang.
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Business as usual for PWTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): It’s business as usual for the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Menara Dato Onn, despite rumours to the contrary, after the fall of the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional in ...
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Amid slowing tourism growth, DAP MP tells gov't to heed visa-free call
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has urged Putrajaya to heed the call by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) to enable visa-free travel for tourists from China and India amid concerns abo...
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Matta: Grant visa-free entry for Chinese, Indian tourists
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has urged the government to grant visa-free travel for Chinese and Indian tourists to boost Malaysia's tourism.
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No change in closing time for nightspots, says Khalid
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 — The closing time for entertainment outlets throughout the city and its outskirts remains unchanged, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today.
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Sabah exercises right to postpone smoking ban at eateries
KOTA KINABALU (Jan 7): Sabah ’s decision to postpone the smoking ban at all eateries in the state has become the benchmark for the state government in exercising its right to make decisions based ...
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Sabah exercises right to postpone smoking ban at eateries
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 6 — Sabah’s decision to postpone the smoking ban at all eateries in the state has become the benchmark for the state government in exercising its right to make decisions based o...
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Sabah postpones smoking ban, to follow local govt ordinance
KOTA KINABALU : Sabah’s decision to postpone the smoking ban at all eateries in the state has become the benchmark for the state government in exercising its right to make decisions based on local g...
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Sabah exercises right to postpone smoking ban at eateries
Sabah’s decision to postpone the smoking ban at all eateries in the state has become the benchmark for the state government in exercising its right to make decisions based on local government ordina...
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