Key Facts

1. Strategic Location

  • Gateway to Asia, connect with 45% of the world’s population.
  • Launch pad into ASEAN Economic Community: 620 mil population; USD 2.4 tril trade potential; USD 617 mil market.
  • Microcosm of authentic Asian experiences.

2. Internationally Connected, Locally Accessible

  • Over 60 direct international airlines, from more than 100 destinations.
  • 5 International Airports – Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
  • KLIA: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – main airline hub.
  • KLIA 2: International and local low cost including full service carrier airport.
  • Seamless connectivity via air, land (Thailand/Singapore) and sea.

3. Value for Money

  • Competitively priced products and services.
  • Favourable exchange rate: Approximately USD 1 = MYR 4.0; Euro 1 = MYR 4.4
  • 7th Most Price Competitive in the Asia Pacific (Travel & Tourism Competitive Report 2015, World Economic Forum).
  • 5th Best Priced First Class Hotel in the World (TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Room Service, 2014).

4. World Class Facilities & Services

  • Key locations: Kuala Lumpur; Putrajaya; Penang Island; Langkawi Island, Kedah; Kuching, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
  • Wide range of facilities, from hotels with meeting facilities to purpose-built meeting/convention centres.
  • Total of major 20 convention/exhibition centres, max capacity for up to 10,000 delegates per event.
  • 200,000 sqm current total exhibition space, additional 80,000sqm by 2017.
  • 6 convention/exhibition centres to be launched by 2019.
  • Collaborative government and industry supports facilitated by MyCEB.

5. Variety of Accommodations

  • Diverse range – budget-friendly, boutique, 3 to 5-star luxury hotels to fully equipped serviced apartments, within close proximity to event venues.

6. Solid Track Record

  • Malaysia has been hosting numerous significant business events, often drawing record attendances, just to name a few:
    • Malaysia International Furniture Fair (MIFF)
    • Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS)
    • The Asian International Machine Tools and Metalworking Technology (METALTECH)
    • Asian Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Engineering Exhibition (OGA)
    • 7th International Aids Society (IAS) HIV Conference in Pathogenesis and Prevention 2013
    • Woman Deliver Conference 2013
    • Million Dollar Round Table 2014
    • Australian Directors’ Conference 2015

7. Unique Locations and Venues

  • Exciting sensory experiences for meetings, incentive travels and beyond.
  • Breath-taking vistas – 130 million-year-old tropical rainforests, 800+ idyllic islands and “untouched piece of art” diving sites off Sabah.
  • Iconic landmarks, e.g. PETRONAS Twin Towers and UNESCO heritage sites – Georgetown, Penang; Melaka City, Melaka and Kinabalu National Park, Sabah.

8. Microcosm of Asia

  • Population of over 30 million – Malay, Chinese, Indian, and 47 other indigenous groups.
  • Multi-culturalism reflected in cuisines, arts & heritage, traditions, lifestyle and year-round colourful festivals.
  • Variety of authentic cultural and lifestyle experiences for corporate meetings and incentive travel itinerary – Unique themes, venues, CSR and team building programmes to enrich, recharge and reward.

9. Gastronomic Paradise

  • Globally renowned for a delectable array of local and international delicacies:
  • Nasi Lemak – Time’s Top 10 Healthy Breakfast, 2016.
  • Laksa – 6th World’s Best Food, CNN’s Facebook, 2015.
  • Penang, Malaysia – Top Culinary Spot, Lonely Planet 2014.

10. Recognised for Excellence

  • Destination Support:
  • Among the Top 10 countries for Best International MICE Destination (China MICE Industry Golden Chair Award, 2016).
  • Best for MICE in Asia 2014 (Business Destinations Travel Awards, 2014).
  • Strong Economic Fundamentals & Performance: 18th Most Competitive Economy in the World For Doing Business & 4th in Asia Pacific (World Bank, Doing Business Report, 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency).
  • Melting Pot of Multiculturalism and Diversity:
    • 8th Most Visited Country in the World (MasterCard Index: Global Destination Cities Index, 2015).
    • Top 10 Travel Destinations (Lonely Planet, 2014).
    • 11th Most Travelled Destination in the World (United Nations World Travel Organisation – UNWTA, 2013).
  • Friendly and Harmonious:
  • Top 10 Most Peaceful Country in Asia Pacific and 28th Safest and Most Peaceful in the World (Global Peace Index, 2015).
  • Ease of Communication: 2nd Highly Proficient in English among non-native speaking Asian countries and the only country outside Europe (English Proficiency Index, 2015).