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resh from hosting delegates at Meetings & Events Australia’s
annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia
Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is continuing to
ramp up activity with a view to increasing its share of international
Recently MyCEB’s efforts in positioning Malaysia as Asia’s
“business hub” saw it secure two international awards – the
Business Destinations Travel Award 2014 for Best Destination for
MICE, Asia 2014, and the European Asia Awards 2013 for the
Best Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Asia 2013.
MyCEB CEO, Zulkefli Hj Sharif, said the organisation was
honoured to win both awards.
“We are pleased that Malaysia is recognised globally for its rapid
growth as a regional and global destination for the MICE sector,”
As a business events destination, Malaysia is an attractive
choice due to its strategic geographic location, modern integrated
infrastructure, political stability, favourable exchange rates, state-
of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, and accessibility,
complemented by a wealth of natural and cultural pursuits.
Business and pleasure
Malaysia offers dedicated conference facilities like the state-of-the-
art Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (which hosted the MEA 2014
conference), quality hotels, and a range of stunning resorts
throughout the country.
Recently the Berjaya Langkawi Resort introduced its newly
refurbished premier suite on water chalets. There are 10 in total,
providing a perfect home away from home for high-end intimate
General manager, Chris Niuh, says the new chalets feature an
inviting, sleek and contemporary design “that will provide our guests
with a tranquil oasis in the heart of the legendary island.” m
he Venetian Macao earned its ISO 20121 Event Sustainability
Management System certification in mid-April. ISO 20121 is
a practical tool that provides meeting venues and event
planners a framework of policies, procedures and processes that
have been designed to address the management of environmental,
economic and social sustainability issues throughout an event cycle.
The certification is awarded by the London-based BSI Group, the
world’s largest national standards and certification body, which
audits and provides certification to companies worldwide who
implement management systems standards.
Executive vice president of operations for Sands China Ltd,
Gunther Hatt, said the company was delighted and honoured to
have earned this certification as an important recognition of its
efforts in sustainability practices.
“The company has set very high standards for the management
of environmentally sustainable meetings in the region, and this ISO
20121 certification is a welcome indicator of the success of those
efforts,” he said.
“We hope more and more meeting planners will be encouraged
to hold eco-friendly events, and that they will see The Venetian
Macao as a ready, willing and competent partner in fulfilling their
sustainability goals.” m
warning on Thai travel
Thailand’s burgeoning business event sector is currently
under threat following reports the Thai military announced
it had taken control of the administration of the country.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is
advising travellers to exercise a high degree of caution due
to the possibility of civil unrest. At the time of going to
press DFAT also reported that a nationwide curfew was in
place between 10pm and 5am. This does not apply,
however, to those travelling to or from the airport.
It is believed the majority of problems are in the Thai
capital of Bangkok, with other areas, including Phuket, free
from any major concerns.
Visit www.smartraveller.com.au for updates. m
The Venetian® Macao has become
the first entity in Macao and one
of the first two integrated resorts
in Asia to receive the prominent
ISO 20121 Event Sustainability
Management System certification.
The stunning view
of the Petronas Twin
Towers from the KLCC.
Malaysia is continuing to
demonstrate it is a serious
player in the international
business event marketplace.
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