Similarity with India Attracts
Zulkefli Hj Sharif
CEO, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) The major factors influencing Indian corporates’ choice of venue for
organising MICE trips are:
Malaysia is easily accessible from any part of India with increased direct flights offered by both full service airlines and low cost carriers. It is considered a medium haul destination in terms of flying time, as most flights between Malaysia and India take around 4–7 hours, making it a preferred destination for hosting business events.
Comfort and Luxury Experience
Being a multi-racial country where all forms of religion, cultures and traditions are accepted and respected, Malaysia is able to cater to the various dietary requirements of delegates from India. MyCEB helps facilitate and advise event organisers on places and venues which are able to cater to specific dietary requirements of delegates (vegetarian, low-sugar, low-sodium diet). Most venues in the country offer a customisable menu, based on requirements of meeting planners and delegates. There are a lot of Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and all major cities in Malaysia across various budgets, from high-end to high-street. For example, Bombay Palace, Passage Thru India, Namaste and Saravanaa Bhavan. With a strong population of Malaysians being Indian, cultural and language similarity between Malaysia and India makes it a preferred destination for meeting planners. The delegates will definitely feel at home and be at ease with the warm and friendly Malaysian hospitality.
Ease of Communication
English is widely spoken across the country. Malaysia ranks number 1 among non-native speaking Asian countries in the English Proficiency Index Country Rankings.
To Malaysia is ranked the most peaceful country in South East Asia and the 4th safest in Asia Pacific. It is also the 20th safest and peaceful out of 158 countries in the world (Global Peace Index 2012)