According to Konrad Ong, MD, Selangor based MICE Hubs Travel & Tours, “ the current situation in Malaysia reflects the vibrant state of the business events and incentive sector. I have been seeing strong confirmation from groups with Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan being targeted.”
Ong adds, the meetings, events and incentives scene in Malaysia has been transformed over the past two years, thanks to the efforts of MyCEB – the country’s convention bureau and Malaysia Tourism. This has had more effect on inbound tourism, with travel now one of the top five revenue drivers for Malaysia. So the industry is doing well.”
So why it is doing well?
The upgrading of Kuala Lumpur’s infrastructure is also making it easier for conference organizers and incentive travel planners to market both the city and Malaysia. When it comes to modernity of the city, Kuala Lumpur is one that fits the bill perfectly. The vicinity surrounding Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is constantly undergoing developments to better serve business visitors.
New hotels such as Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, the efficient light rail transit system and the 42 Kms of elevated, air-conditioned pedestrian walk ways are examples of developments which make Kuala Lumpur an iconic and ideal city for business tourism.