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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
malaysia magnetic quality to it, and for anyone looking for a destination that has world- class convention venues, unique post-conferencing options and a tropical backdrop, this region is a one-stop-shop. Malaysia is a diverse country and home to five-star resorts, hi-tech convention centres and appealing attractions. Indeed, the country has many things in its favour - great accessibility, modern integrated infrastructure, political stability, award-winning meeting and conference facilities as well as a host of natural and cultural attractions. According to Tourism Malaysia’s convention division this part of Asia is becoming a prominent MICE destination. Figures recently released show a 22 per cent growth in total conference arrivals for 2007. And the good news continues for Malaysia which has also received a number of accolades for its venues and services, particularly relating to environmental initiatives. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport was recently recognised with the Green Globe award for its green credentials and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre also sports this environmentally-friendly status. It is these factors in tandem with quality facilities that can be attributed to Malaysia attracting a growing number of large scale conferences and events. Further afield from Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya offers a state-of-the- art convention centre and facilities that can cater for up to 10,000 delegates. However, if you are dreaming of hosting your conference with an island as your backdrop, the Mahsuri International Convention Centre located on the picturesque island of Langkawi is ideal. Johor, south of Kuala Lumpur, is another destination within Malaysia that offers malaysia I story By Johanna Mc Kinnon Malaysia is attracting business events from every corner of the globe. magine stepping out of your conference and submerging yourself in ancient rainforest or taking a stroll on a picturesque white sandy beach. Sounds too hard to resist right? Malaysia has a magnetic a host of venues, including the Persada Johor International Convention Centre which is conveniently located with easy access to Singapore. The island of Borneo is known as a ‘final frontier’ destination because of its diverse range of natural attractions; however this part of Malaysia is more than just a destination to host post- conference tours and team-building activities. Borneo is ideal for large scale conferences and events and features a host of quality accommodation and meeting spaces. Sarawak, occupying the north-west coat of Borneo, is being put on the map in the business events industry globally and once the Borneo Convention Centre is complete, will add another string to its business events bow in attracting international conferences to the region. The Borneo Convention Centre is due to be opened in August 2009 and will feature world-class facilities with a spacious design and flexible conference halls that can cater for large-scale events. The centre’s great hall will be able host more than 5000 delegates theatre-style and everything from trade shows to awards nights. The development will also include a shopping centre, offices, international hotel and a marina. The architecture is unique for a convention centre with the roof designed to be shaped like a large ‘ririg’ leaf, which is an important rainforest plant in local cultures. The leaf shaped roof will act as a rain catching system and water will be automatically channelled down the centre of the leaf and collected for irrigation of the centre’s gardens. Keep tabs on the construction through the Borneo Convention Centre website www.bcck.com.my. ABOVE: Chenang Beach, Langkawi, Kedah. Photo courtesy of Tourism Malaysia. 32 miceAsia.net