From February 23-26, 2023, Malaysia played host to the 38th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO 2023) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
The APAO Congress, considered the largest and most prestigious ophthalmology conference in Asia-Pacific, was also the first conference for 2023 for the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).
A total of 4,500 delegates – 3,800 of whom were international – were in attendance at the four-day congress. They comprised top eye doctors, professors, researchers and healthcare practitioners from all over the world who came to Malaysia to share and exchange new concepts, as well as address the latest treatments and advancements in technology.
To speed up their immigration process, access to the Malaysia Business Events Special Immigration Lane was given to all delegates attending the congress at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.
In addition, APAO 2023 was projected to boost the Malaysian economy by RM87.2 million (US$19.5 million) in estimated economic impact
Abdul Khani Daud CEO added: “This congress provides an ideal platform for our local experts to gain valuable insights and share best practices from their international counterparts, while at the same time allowing us to showcase Malaysia’s credibility as a business events hub and an ideal tourism destination.”
The bid for the 2023 conference was won by MyCEB and the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology back in 2018 in Hong Kong.