Second Sales Mission to woo Indian tourists
The Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) launched its second sales mission to Mumbai on 11THJanuary 2019 at ITC Grand Central hotel at Parel in Mumbai. It was a part of the second edition of its Penang Sales Mission to India. The objective of this mission was to promote Penang as the preferred destination for corporate and association meetings, conferences, and incentives and leisure travel. The mission was led by Ashwin Gunasekeran, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PCEB. The mission began with Chennai and followed by Ahmedabad and than Mumbai. The final round will be held at New Delhi on 14 January 2019. There were 12 partners in the mission that included hotels, destination management companies, attractions and theme park, professional conference organisers, event experts and PCEB’s strategic airline partner, Malaysia Airlines.
Capitalising on Penang’s rising popularity in India, the Penang Sales Mission to India. It will host B2B engagement session with participating Business Events and leisure travel buyers from India. It would also have a media session with the local Indian and Business Events media. Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang’s state executive councillor for Tourism Development, will be attending the New Delhi leg. He would meet with tourism authorities and key players in India. Ashwin Gunasekeran further added “This mission is joined by some of Penang’s finest offerings in the hospitality, travel and events sectors, and will showcase the best of what Penang can offer to the Indian market.”
Penang- World-Class Travel Destination:
Penang is world-class travel destination. It is famed for its unique offerings of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a modern international island city, lush rainforests, beautiful hill station, shopping galore and fabulous food. Additionally, this Northern Malaysian state is also a rising Business Events destination. Currently, Penang is the top ranked second-tier destination in Malaysia in the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association).
India: One of the top 5 markets for Business:
“India is one of the top five markets for Business Events in Penang, and over the past year, we have received encouraging interest from event planners and conference organisers. In 2017, 13% of Business Events of Asia Pacific origin was from India, contributing RM190 mil or USD 46 million. In 2018, Penang’s largest Business Event – V Con 2018 – which saw a participation of 16,000 delegates from around the world reported that 80% of their delegates were from India, it was revealed by Ashwin Gunasekeran, CEO of PCEB.
Growth in Tourist inflow:
Penang is becoming a favourite tourist destination for Indian travellers. The number of Indian travellers flying in to Penang has also increased manifold in recent years. As per Penang Immigration Department, for the period between Jan to Nov 2018, 7,250 Indian travellers flew into the Penang International Airport, compared to 6,569 in the same period in 2017. The 10.37% increase came despite there not being direct flights between Penang and India.
PCEB introduced a new support package:
PCEB introduced a new support package specially tailored for India to further attract the Indian outbound meetings and conference market. The support packages start from as low as sponsorship of souvenirs and welcome luncheon for the organisers valued at RM2,000 (for confirmed meetings/conferences of 50 to 100 delegates) to hosted site inspections, welcome luncheon for organisers, cultural performances and souvenirs valued at RM15,000 (for incentive groups of 501 delegates and above.
PCEB introduced Penang Media Award:
Given the encouraging media coverage of the Penang Sales Mission to India last year, PCEB is also announced that it is running the #Business Events Penang Media Award for India 2019. The award – four full expenses paid trip inclusive of flights to Penang for 5D4N to attend PCEB’s BE @ Penang 2019 conference and the media familiarisation tour from 4th to 8th Dec 2019. Journalists and writers interested in vying for this award must submit the published article or news coverage on the Penang Sales Mission to India 2019 to PCEB by 28th March 2019. Submission be in a language other than English, the English translation must be provided. A panel of judges will judge the best reporting for each city, and the announcement of the winner will be made by the end of April 2019.
PCEB Investment in marketing Penang:
PCEB has heavily invested in marketing Penang to India in the past years and the potential for growth from the Indian market is vast. Besides, Penang Sales Mission to India 2018 saw PCEB leading 17 partners to Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. It also joined the Global Panorama Showcase on its 8-city road show. The PCEB won the bid to host Global Panorama Showcase’s EDWIN Educational Programme, the first time the leading Indian travel product brought its programme to Malaysia. This saw PCEB hosting 120 Indian buyers at the inaugural Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE) 2018 from 4 – 8 September 2018.
Penang Sales Mission to India 2018 Partners includes Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Apollo Holidays Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Apollo MICE Sdn Bhd, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, Destination Explore Sdn Bhd, Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd, Hotel Equatorial Penang 8. Malaysia Airlines, Setia Spice Convention Centre, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang Sky Transport & Travel Sdn Bhd, THE TOP Penang, and Vouk Hotel Management.
About Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)
Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is a state bureau established to develop the Business Events and meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Penang. It aims to position Penang as the preferred location for Business Events activities in the region. With its rich UNESCO heritage, thriving multicultural society, state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant natural attractions, Penang offers a truly eclectic tropical experience. PCEB serves as Penang’s focal point for the coordination of all Business Events activities, providing expert assistance to organisations and Business Events planners at every step of the planning. PCEB’s team of industry experts work hand-in-hand with professional service providers and world-class hotels, convention centres and unique venues to ensure the smoothness and success of each event organized. PCEB’s goal is to enhance our Business Events clients’ experience and at the same time to expand the beneficial economic impact of local businesses.