KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has been named as the World’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre 2023 at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2023 in Dubai, beating 18 other contenders.
It also makes MITEC Malaysia’s first purpose-built venue for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and lifestyle events to win a WTA World Award since the awards inception in 1993.
“This remarkable achievement reflects how MITEC is setting the global benchmark in the sector, as well as the strength of the Malaysian business events industry.
The commitment of the entire MITEC team serves as an inspiration to us all,” WTA founder Graham E. Cooke said today.
MITEC’s chief executive officer Mala Dorasamy attributed the achievement to unwavering dedication of every staff member of the MITEC team, members of the board, clients, service providers and stakeholders.
With 52,000 square metres of exhibition and convention space, MITEC is the largest trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia. The year 2023 has been the busiest for the centre since its reopening post COVID-19.
The journey of MITEC from its stint as Malaysia’s first mega vaccination centre in 2021 and its reopening as a business and lifestyle events venue in 2022 to hosting over 160 events with over 3 million visitors in 2023 has been nothing short of exemplary, said the statement.
This year, MITEC generated 550,000 casual work hours and RM7.2 million in wages towards the gig economy sector, benefitting mostly university students by not only allowing them to earn but also gain meaningful hands-on professional experience in the events industry.
The other nominees for the award were major players in the international business events industry including past winners of the WTA such as the Las Vegas
Convention Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Convention Centre Dublin. – BERNAMA / pic credit: MITEC