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Stars shine at Malaysia's new MICE industry awards
S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, September 19, 2013

MALAYSIA'S inaugural rAWr Awards, held yesterday evening at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, bestowed honours upon several top achievers in the country's business events industry.


Jointly organised by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), the event covers 27 categories within the four main components of the MICE industry including Best International Conference, Best Trade Exhibition, Best Incentive Programme, Best Event and Best Environmental Initiative.


Winners included Console Communications, which bagged both the International Conference Award for Excellence and Professional Conference Organiser Award for Excellence; Radius Exhibits & Interiors, which received the Event Management Company Award for Excellence, Environmental Initiative Award for Excellence and Business Events Products & Services Award for Excellence; and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, which won the Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award for Excellence.


According to MyCEB’s general manager sales and marketing, Ho Yoke Ping, the awards drew 85 entries from industry players.


The main award for the night – the Minister’s Award – was given to Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah, chairman of the Sarawak Convention Bureau, for his outstanding performance and contribution to the business events industry. He said the award would spur his team further in contributing to the development of Malaysia’s business events industry.


Yap Shook Fung, director of Console Communications, said the company’s two wins were “a very important recognition for our work and contribution towards the business events industry in Malaysia”.


Also elated, Radius Exhibits & Interiors’ executive director, Sean Choo, said the awards would motivate the firm to “become even better”.


Commenting on the event, Zulkefli Sharif, MyCEB CEO, said: “These wins…create a benchmark for business event players to consistently provide the best services and products to event organisers and attendees. MyCEB believes that apart from promoting the country internationally, it is also important to recognise and honour local industry players. These are the people who are creating an impact to attract our global markets.”


“We trust that winners will…leverage this industry recognition for their own sales and marketing efforts,” said Jonathan Kan, president of MACEOS.


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