TOASTMASTERS International will take its annual convention out of North America for the first time in 2014, in favour of Malaysia.
To be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from August 20-23, the Toastmasters International World Convention will be attended by some 2,000 delegates. The event is expected to contribute RM32.5 million (US$10.4 million) to the country’s economy.
Toastmasters International executive director, Daniel Rex, said: “Kuala Lumpur is high on the list of international travel destinations. Known for its dazzling high-rises and rich cultural sense, the city is a prime international convention site for many reasons. It is centrally located (with) a broad membership population, which would potentially boost convention attendance higher than it has ever been.”
Currently, the association has more than 30 per cent of its global membership base residing outside of North America, and has seen strongest membership growth in South-east Asia.
Toastmasters International World Convention is supported by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) under an industry partners’ subvention scheme.