In 2020, Penang recorded a total of 156 events with 19,283 participants and 48,963 room nights, despite the halt on international travel and limitations for business events.
This announcement was made by the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) during a ‘buka puasa’ or iftar at The Wembley hotel last week. The iftar was also PCEB’s first official event of the year.
PCEB’s CEO Ashwin Gunasekeran, chief minister of Penang Chow Kon Yeow, Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy’s Yeoh Soon Hin, chairman of Malaysian Association of Hotels Penang Chapter Raj Kumar were among those present.
The launch also included a short video thanking the industry. The video compiled by PCEB showcased activities and initiatives conducted by the Penang State Government and Business Events Penang stakeholders throughout 2020.
“We have to keep in mind that the business events industry is built on the principle of collaboration and now more than ever, we have to cleverly harness its power, exhausting every potential avenue so that we can find opportunities for business together,” said Ashwin Gunasekeran, CEO of PCEB.