Penang and Malaysia will play host for the inaugural WTM Connect Asia this May 2016 in Georgetown, the capital city of the Island. The event is expected to offer a unique one-to-one format targeted at the booming Asian leisure travel market, allowing exhibitors to exclusively meet with elite international hosted buyers.
Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab explains that, “The WTM brand is well-established for being among the leading tourism trade exhibitions in countries such as United Kingdom, Africa and Latin America. Naturally, we are excited that Malaysia has been chosen to host the inaugural edition of WTM Connect Asia. “As host-country, we welcome all buyers and sellers of WTM Connect Asia to Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-cultural and diverse destination that offers the perfect combination of business and leisure experience to all visitors.
“Penang’s vibrant culture and heritage, delicious food, beaches, unique architecture and UNESCO World Heritage site attraction in the capital city of George Town will showcase the Malaysia Truly Asia brand perfectly and will certainly be a charming and wonderful introduction to the rest of Malaysia for the delegates of WTM Connect Asia.” MyCEB Chief Executive Officer, Zulkefli Hj Sharif said.
“Indeed, we are extremely excited and proud to be the first country in Southeast Asia to host this international trade event. WTM Connect Asia 2016 will witness a congregation of exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. It serves as a great platform for Malaysia and other countries to develop a niche Business-to- 2 Business international leisure travel trade event. This will also provide Malaysia with the opportunity to showcase its varied offerings such as tourism products, modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities equipped with international standards and high technology, ” he highlighted.
WTM Connect Asia 2016 will take place at two different locations in Penang – the Eastern Oriental Hotel and the Straits Quay Convention Centre from 18 to 20 May 2016. It is organised by Reed Exhibitions and supported by Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Tourism Malaysia and State Tourism of Penang.