During the inaugural rAWr Awards, Sarawak Convention Bureau’s (SCB) chairman received the Minister’s Award for the business events industry. The awards ceremony was held Sept. 18 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Recognized for his contribution in developing Malaysia’s meeting and exhibition industry was Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah, who was presented with this award from Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture.
“This award is for the team and their hard work and passion in developing business events in Sarawak. We are honored to be recognized for this inaugural award as a pioneer in the industry and our contribution not just for Sarawak but Malaysia,” said Abdullah.
The rAWr Awards, initiated by Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (MACEOS) provide recognition and tribute to achievements in the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry within Malaysia.
Since established in 2006, SCB has won or supported more than 242 bids, contributing an estimated RM244 million direct delegate expenditure for Malaysia. In the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific and Middle East city ranking for 2012, Kuching shares the 38th spot with Colombo, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta and Tel Aviv, bettering the performance of many established second tier cities, such as Canberra, Nagoya, Chengdu and Osaka.
“We acknowledge the leadership of our past CEO Jill Henry, Mike Cannon, our present managing director, and all members of the board of directors past and present who have provided guidance and many creative ideas to our SCB team. [I’m] not forgetting our industry players,” Abdullah added.
Sarawak Convention Bureau is a non-profit company acting to bring Sarawak to the forefront as a competitive destination for international meetings.