Exploring Malaysia

WHERE TO
Stay
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
This 643-room luxury hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, offering views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the lush Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park, and plenty of function space. 

Play
Bayan Indah Cooking Classes
Groups of up to 20 should take advantage of the home cooking classes at this culinary retreat just 30 minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur’s city center. Here, students learn how to make Malaysian favorites under the instruction of owner and chef Rohani Jelani. Bayan Indah is also available to host meetings groups and events.

Eat
Local Eats
Kuala Lumpur’s most authentic eats are found at the roadside restaurants and food stalls along Jin Alor, Chinatown, or Kampung Baru, where you can feast on classic Malay dishes like char kway teow (pictured), barbecued stingray, and more. KL native and singer Amy Yeoh-Tan says the beef ball noodles at Restoran Soong Kee are a must.  

313malaysia

When it comes to hosting major conferences on a global scale, Malaysia has made its mark. Last year, it hosted two major international events - the 25th World Gas Conference in June, and the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health in November - in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Major events like these are proof that Malaysia is an ideal MICE destination, says Ho Yoke Ping, general manager of sales and marketing, business events, for the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). "With its fantastic value-for-money proposition, unique blend of culture, new developments and investment in meeting facilities, unique off-site venues, and natural landscapes, Malaysia has the winning formula to make your event a success," Ho says.

Last year's Union World Conference on Lung Health, says Ho, is a prime example. The annual meeting, organized by The Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, is the largest gathering of its kind, with more than 2,600 delegates from more than 122 countries convening at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

"Malaysia provides a compelling setting for the conference that brings together views from around the world to call for action against lung disease," says Dr. Nils E. Billo, executive director of the union. He adds, "We would love to come back here."

Ho says that MyCEB will pursue more medical meetings going forward. "Medical meetings top the list of business events in Malaysia," she says. Other industries of interest include energy, information technology and electronics, financial services, and environmental sciences.

Ho is also quick to point to the ease of doing international business in Malaysia. "Organizing events in Malaysia is easy," she says. "Malaysians are fluent in English as well as being multilingual. There's easy visa access, and the location of the country itself is strategic - right in the middle between China and India - making it a gateway to the rest of Asia."

The MyCEB also provides qualifying organizations with financial and non-financial support services as part of its Business Events Programme.