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PCEB, Malaysia on a multi-city sales mission to India

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Malaysia) brings 17 Exhibitors from Penang on a 4-City Sales Mission to Woo the Indian Travel and Business Events Segment

The Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is proud to introduce the first-ever Penang Sales Mission to India with the objective of promoting Penang as the preferred and ideal destination for corporate and association meetings, incentives and leisure travel.

“India is one of the top five markets for Business Events in Penang, and over the past year, we have received encouraging interest from event planners and conference organisers” says Ashwin Gunasekeran, the Chief Executive Officer of PCEB. “This mission is joined by some of Penang’s finest offerings in the hospitality, travel and events sectors, and will showcase the best of what Penang can offer to the Indian market,” he added.

Ashwin Gunashekhran, CEO, Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Malaysia

He was speaking during the 4-city Sales Mission which kicked off from Kolkatta to Delhi, then Mumbai & Bengaluru in January, 2018. The mission led by Ashwin Gunasekeran, Chief Executive Officer of PCEB, the mission is supported by a Penang delegation of 17 partners, including the state bureau for leisure travel – Penang Global Tourism, hotels, destination management companies, event experts and PCEB’s official airline partner, Malaysia Airlines.

Penang is world-class travel destination, one that is famed for its unique offerings of a modern international island city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lush rainforests, beautiful hill station, shopping galore and fabulous food. Additionally, this Northern Malaysian state is also a rising Business Events destination. Currently, Penang is the top-ranked second-tier destination in Malaysia in the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association).

In 2016, Penang recorded 1251 events with an estimated economic impact of USD 200 million. From January to September 2017, we hosted 1731 events with an estimated economic impact of USD 230 million. This translates to a 27.7% increase in the number of events and 7% increase in the estimated economic impact.

Ashwin Gunasekeran, the Chief Executive Officer of PCEB boasted that the youth from India loves to explore Penang especially for street food & heritage architecture.

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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is a state bureau established in 2016to develop the Business Events and meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Penang. PCEB aims to position Penang as the preferred location
for Business Events activities in the region. With its rich UNESCO heritage, thriving multicultural society, state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant natural attractions, Penang offers a truly eclectic tropical experience. In line with its mission to incubate the growth of Business Events in Penang, PCEB serves as Penang’s focal point for the coordination of all Business Events activities, providing expert assistance to organisations and Business Events planners at every
step of the planning. PCEB’s team of industry experts work hand-in-hand with professional service providers and world-class hotels, convention centres and unique venues to ensure the smoothness and success of each event organized. PCEB’s goal is to enhance our Business Events clients’ experience and at the same time to expand
the beneficial economic impact of local MICE businesses.

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Tourism Malaysia and Malindo Air launch direct flights from Trichy to Penang

Launch flight(1)

Tourism Malaysia and Malindo Air, a Malaysia based hybrid Airline, announced the launch of the first direct flight from Trichy to Penang today. Trichy Airport has become the first international airport to have direct flight services to Penang, Malaysia which is in addition to the 10 flight operations of Malindo Air to Kuala Lumpur from Trichy.
Malindo Air will operate two services a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The flight will depart from Penang airport at 8.30 pm and arrive at Trichy airport at 9.40 pm. In the return direction, it will depart from Trichy at 10.30 pm and reach Penang at 4.45 am, the following day. Malindo Air’s network carrier allows passengers from Trichy to Penang in connecting other domestic destinations in Malaysia as well.

Speaking at the launch Mr Noor Azman Samsudin, Director, Tourism Malaysia, Chennai said, “The decision by Malindo Air to start this new route emphasizes the value and importance of tourism, trade and business links between India and Malaysia. In fact, India is the 6th largest contributor to the tourism sector in Malaysia. We hope that this new air link will contribute to boost tourism in support of MYFEST 2015, encouraging Indian tourists to come more often and stay longer in order to enjoy the festival offerings nationwide”.

Mr Chandran Rama Muthy, Chief Executive Officer of Malindo Air said, “Firstly, we are excited to announce the wonderful news of our expansion in the cities of India. We foresee an encouraging passenger growth from South India, particularly Trichy, a huge market for Malaysia as a large portion of Malaysia’s Indian population is from this region of India.”

The special introductory offer is available now with return fares for Economy starting from INR 16852 inclusive of taxes with 30kgs baggage allowance, meals on board and the business class return fares of INR 48474 inclusive of taxes with 40kgs baggage allowance and meals on board for Trichy-Penang-Trichy. The Boeing 737-900ER series aircraft will operate in this sector, with a seating capacity of 180 which includes 168 Economy and 12 Business class seats.
A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings which led to George Town being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recently. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines. A must visit is by the funicular train to the top of the Penang Hill that offers fantastic views of the island, lush greenery, quaint colonial style architecture and cooler temperatures.

So if there is a place to be, it’s Penang!

Last year, Malaysia received 27.4 million tourists, which was an increase of 6.7%. This year Malaysia is expected to welcome of 29.4 million tourist arrivals and garner RM89 billion in tourist receipts.

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About Tourism Malaysia: MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2014, Malaysia registered 27.4 million tourist arrivals and RM72 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.

Malaysia Wins laurels as The Best International Destination – Food & Drinks 2014

Malaysia bagged The Best International Destination –Food and Drinks 2014 award at the Travel + Leisure India’s Best Awards held in New Delhi. It was also double honours for Malaysia with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) winning the Best International Duty Free Shopping award. Hosted by the world’s leading travel and lifestyle magazine, the winners were decided through a nation-wide poll amongst its readers.

 

On receiving the awards, MrManoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia said, “We are honoured to have been conferred this recognition. Shopping and Food -both are an integral part of travel and to be recognized for this motivates us to intensify our efforts to position Malaysia as a leading shopping and gastronomical destination to our guests.”

“Food is much more than just nourishment. It connects people. Since Malaysia is resplendent with diverse cultures, our food also reflects the ethnic mix of the local population spanning traditional Malay cooking to migrant Indian and the colonial Portuguese cuisine making Malaysian cuisine delectable for every taste bud”, added Mr Periasamy.

The Travel + Leisure awards is a significant achievement for Malaysia, a country that prides in its gastronomical delights. Malaysians are serious foodies. With their diverse cultures, celebrations and activities, there is always an excuse to Meet and Eat – whether it is at a restaurant, a fast-food outlet, or just a stall beneath the tree.

Besides the favourite ‘Satay’, some of the popular Malaysian dishes include NasiLemak, NasiKandar,Char kueyteow (flat rice noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts, egg and sweet Chinese sausage), Hokkienmee (egg noodles in a pork broth with prawns, egg, bean sprouts and water spinach) and Asamlaksa (thick noodles in a spicy fish broth with tangy asam, a sour tamarind paste).While in Kuala Lumpur a walk down the famous Bukit Bintang area is a good way to experience Malaysia’s street food. Gurney Drive, in Penang (the food capital of Malaysia) is another must visit place to see the deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at night time.

It’s said food creates memories and Malaysian food will leave you with some lip smacking ones. The readers of Travel + Leisure will vouch for this.

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2013, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM 65.4 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner and the sixth highest contributor to its Gross National Income (GNI).

The promotion of the country continues with the MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS (MyFEST) campaign in 2015 with the theme “Endless Celebrations” emphasising the various festivals celebrated by its multicultural society. Both campaigns are key drivers towards achieving the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area).