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Penang is undeniably an amazing place to meet. Here are the 6 of the most compelling reasons why you should make Penang the next destination for your meet!
A look at Penang
The Malaysian state of Penang sits strategically at the Northern tip of the Straits of Malacca, a busy shipping route. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Penang is a favourite international travel destination and is easily accessible via air from anywhere in the world.
Its potpourri of various Asian cultures and world religions makes Penang a multicultural and multi-religious experiment that is not only successful, but also one that is ever growing.
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town is very much alive and thriving, almost two centuries after Penang’s heyday as a British outpost and trading port. Meander through George Town’s charming streets and discover Penang’s artisans and living heritage that make this one of the world’s most unique sites.
Experience Penang’s stunning and diverse architecture up close on the authentically Penang trishaws, with the “trishaw uncles” serving as your personal city guide.
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Asia’s food capital
Penang’s street food is famous the world over for its incredible variety, cultural influences and quality. Asia’s great culinary traditions live on in Penang’s coffee shops, hip cafes and fine dining establishments.
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Warm asian hospitality
Penang’s well-established hospitality industry is complemented by its warm welcoming people. From the small businesses and hawker stalls to the largest retail outlets and hotels, you will be welcomed with a sunny smile.
Gorgeous tropical weather
Penang enjoys a year-round tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with moderate rainfall, especially during the southwest monsoon from April to September.
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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is a state bureau established in 2016 to develop the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Penang.
PCEB aims to position Penang as the preferred location for MICE 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.
In line with its mission to incubate the growth of MICE in Penang, PCEB serves as Penang’s focal point for the coordination of all MICE activities, providing expert assistance to organisations and MICE 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 MICE clients’ experience and at the same time to expand the beneficial economic impact of local MICE businesses.
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Support for planners
At PCEB, we aim to showcase to the world that Penang is the place to meet. We are a destination like none other, brimming with creative energy and dotted with unique contemporary and heritage spaces.
To ensure our MICE clients experience Penang at its best, PCEB provides complete support and counsel to MICE organisers for free.
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Penang boasts a warm tropical climate with temperatures ranging from a low of 21°C (70°F) to a high of 32°C (90°F) all year round. During the southwest monsoon from April to September, Penang experiences plentiful rainfall, adding a refreshing antidote to its tropical warmth.
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The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), with ringgit (RM) being the dollar equivalent. Foreign exchange booths are available all over Penang, with the ones situated in shopping malls operating seven days a week. The exchange rate for major currencies traded are displayed clearly at the booths. Major credit cards, including American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most places.
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language in Penang with English being widely spoken and used as the language of business and commerce. Mandarin is also widely spoken in Penang, followed by Tamil and other Chinese dialects such as Penang Hokkien.
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Gateway to Penang
Penang is directly accessible from 25 major local and regional airports, and over 100 local and international destinations via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
Located in Bayan Lepas, the Penang International Airport is
- 16 km or a 30 minutes’ drive from George Town
- 30km or a 45 minutes’ from Seberang Perai
- 32 km or a 1 hour’s drive from Batu Feringghi
- 326 kilometres or a 50 minutes’ flight from KLIA
- 603 km or a 1 hour 30 minutes’ flight from Singapore Changi
Direct air links between Penang and major Asian Cities.
PCEB Chairperson, YAB Lim Guan Eng
As the state MICE bureau, PCEB provides a comprehensive range of expert support services for business and leisure events held in Penang.
Our complimentary support for associations, corporations and MICE planners include:
Facilitation of bids for regional and international business and leisure events.
Preparation for bid documents and presentations specifically catered to your target audience.
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Venue & Service Provider Selection
Sourcing of suitable venues and professional service providers
Coordinating and carrying out site inspection
Providing assistance and advice for MICE planners
Promotion & Marketing
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Providing expert advice and assistance on event promotion and marketing
Furnishing promotional materials on Penang
Providing promotional support from PCEB’s PR and Social Media platforms
Granting use of PCEB’s logo on selected events’ promotional material
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Government (Local Authority, State and Federal) Liaison
Providing government liaison and contacts
Assisting with securing government support