MEA2014 kicked off today with some exciting tours of the host city. Whether it was by bicycle or foot several delegates took the opportunity to explore what Kuala Lumpur had to offer.
The Maylasian Convention Bureau conducted a tour through Kuala Lumpur City Centre, highlighting some of the city’s best event locations. Commencing at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre the group worked their way through the convention centre, Traders Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Impiana KLCC and finished up with lunch at the Grand Hyatt, learning some great skills along the way.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre turned the tables on the group making them the “chef” for the day. In the centre’s banquet hall the group learnt how to cook pisang panggang, a fried banana dish, how to construct nasi lemak, a rice dish wrapped in banana leaf, and how to “pull” teh Tarik, a Malaysian tea. The group was then asked to participate in a “chopstick challenge”. With a few tips from an actual chef, many were successful in picking up a hardboiled egg with their chopsticks.
MEA board director, Phil Holmes, hailed the tour as “really valuable” in understanding the levels of service and accommodation in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. “The highlight has to be the food, and I think the other was the ballroom chandelier in the [Grand] Hyatt because it was quite different from anything else,” he said.
Some delegates chose a healthier option by signing up to the three hour bike tour of the city. The bike trip began at Kuala Lumpur Gallery and took attendees on an invigorating journey throughout the city.
For delegates that preferred retail therapy, a half-day shopping tour was the excursion of choice. Rather than spending four hours at Kuala Lumpur’s larger shopping centres, such as Suria or Pavilion, the tour guided attendees through the Central Market, China Town and the Malaysian craft and souvenir markets, Karyaneka.
The tours provided delegates with a chance to learn more about the city and the opportunities for business events, knowledge that will be built upon over the next few days.