For over 600 years, the country has welcomed visitors from around the world, thanks to its location at the centre of the major trading routes between Asia, the Middle East and the West. These visitors also brought along with them their different customs and cultures. Over time, their country's population has become a microcosm of Asian cultures with a rich multicultural mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes.
The country is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for meetings, conferences and events in Asia thanks to the ease in which business events can be staged here. Being a multilingual nation, English widely spoken has also contributed to the growth of events here. With its strategic location at the heart of Asia, favourable exchange rate and world-class infrastructure, it is easy to see why more and more conferences are being held in the country.
The country is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and between two giant economies, China and India where over 45% of the world's population resides. Malaysia is easily accessible from all parts of the world by air, land and sea. It also serves as the travel hub for the Southeast Asia region, being the first-entry destination within the region.
As the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur is a major cultural, financial, economic and education centre for the South East Asia Region. The city is a kaleidoscope of fascinating sights and sounds, with all the buzz of a modern city, yet rich in culture and heritage. You will find some stunning contrasts in this city, on one end of the spectrum there is the modern PETRONAS Twin Towers and on the other, there are numerous pre-war heritage buildings, which reflect Kuala Lumpur's rich past, juxtaposed nicely with the modern architecture.
Today, 1.6 million people from all walks of life call Kuala Lumpur home while the surrounding area is home to an estimated 7 million people with diverse ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures. English is widely spoken and the city boasts a comprehensive transportation network that makes getting around hassle-free. With massive investment in venues, transportation and technological infrastructure over the last two decades, Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming a popular destination for major events and conventions.