Malaysia remains one of top 10 meeting destination in Asia Pacific
Malaysia continues to host more international association meetings
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Kuala Lumpur jumped two places in world convention city rankings and three places in the Asia Pacific rankings, based on the number of international association meetings held in 2011. Kuala Lumpur staged 78 international association meetings, gaining two places to finish 21st in the world and securing the top five position in the Asia Pacific.
Malaysia is ranked 29th overall in the world, down one spot from last year. Despite the slight decline in ranking, the number of international association meetings hosted in Malaysia grew from 119 to 126 in 2011. Additionally, Malaysia retained its position as one of the top 10 meeting destination in Asia Pacific.
"Malaysia's promising increase in number of meetings is the sounding result of growing strength, collaboration and commitment between the Ministry of Tourism…and the various industry partners to bid for, secure and deliver successful international meetings for the country,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Zulkefli Hj. Sharif. “We are also very proud to announce that other than Kuala Lumpur, other Malaysian cities like Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Melaka have also been ranked this year reflecting a growth in Malaysia's association meetings business amidst a competitive and challenging market."
Penang and Melaka, both declared by UNESCO as world heritage sites, are ranked 32nd and 68th respectively, in the Asia Pacific city rankings. Kota Kinabalu ranked number 38 in the listings.