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History made at inaugural Malaysia Business Events Awards 2019

Business events in Malaysia get their own awards

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The Malaysia International Halal Showcase receiving an award for Malaysia Iconic Event at the Malaysia Business Events Awards 2019.

KUALA LUMPUR - In conjunction with the fourth BE Forum (BEF) 2019 organised by the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) the first ever Malaysia Business Events Awards (MBEA) 2019 was handed out.

Held on Oct 23, at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur, it recognised some of the industry's best and included the 'Malaysian Iconic Event' distinction, which was awarded to six business events.

They were:
•    PAM's Annual International Architectural Design Conference (DATUM:KL)
•    Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM)
•    International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX)
•    Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS)
•    Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF)
•    Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

"MBEA has been an eye opener to how far we've come in regards to the quality of our home‐ grown BE events that are on par with global standards. In view of this, MACEOS hopes to garner more support and commitment from the Government to create more visibility for local champions and the next batch of home‐grown iconic events," said MACEOS president Dato' Vincent Lim.

"This is both encouraging and inspiring especially for those who are working unceasingly towards creating world‐class, creative and innovative platforms that will attract foreign
counterparts which in turn will boost business events' dollars to the country and create more revenue streams for the Malaysian economy."

The Malaysia Business Events Awards 2019 received 70 submissions for 14 categories from industry players of various backgrounds with all categories aiming to promote industry best practices, encourage new and innovative ideas to inspire other businesses, and elevate industry standards of exhibitions, conferences, events, and related activities and services while ensuring business events stay competitive in the global marketplace.

The earlier part of the day saw the participation of 300 local and regional delegates for the BEF of which Dr Ong Kian Ming, the International Trade and Industry deputy minister was the guest of honour.

Prominent speakers included Kamarul Bahrin Haron (vice president and deputy editor‐in‐chief of Astro Awani), Olivia Jingshu Ji (president and co‐founder of EventBank) and Eric van Piggelen (CEO of Borneo Convention Centre Kuching).
Dato' Lim noted that the BEF was a platform for MACEOS to promote their four pillars of innovation, development, education and advocacy.

"MACEOS has already mapped out a 10‐year plan (2021‐2030) and we hope that various authorities will work with us in creating an environment for BE. Our plans include the creation of a Malaysia Business Events Support Fund, research agenda, capacity building and skills development, establishment of a Kuala Lumpur City Bureau, better infrastructure planning and investments as well the reduction of cost and complexity of visa for BE delegates' arrivals," explained Dato' Lim.

The full list of MBEA2019 Winners and Industry Recognition Recipients can be found here.