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Sarawak scores major international events

DID you know that Sarawak will host several major international events next year?

These include the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA), Malaysian Dental Association (MDA), and FDI World Dental Federation Joint International Scientific Convention and Trade Exhibition in May and the World Congress of Chinese Medicine in November.

They might not sound very exciting to you and me who are not part of either industry but these are really HUGE for the tourism industry.

The former big dental event with the mega long name, is expected to draw 1,500 delegates from around the world.

Now dentists are usually in the higher income bracket and are likely to go on pre- and post-event tours. They might also bring along their friends or families or return to Sarawak if they like what they see in May 2012.

There’s also going to be an international trade show as part of the convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Now neither convention nor trade show would be possible if we did not have a facility like BCCK.

Meanwhile, the World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM) from Nov 10 to 11 next year is expected to contribute RM7.7 million in economic impact.

Imagine that! Over 1,000 delegates are expected to spend that much during their time in the country. That’s for a two-day event!

Amazing! Now Sarawak won the bid thanks to efforts from the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) and others.

While again I am not part of the tourism industry, I have come to realise that the state investing in BCCK and SCB has definitely made an impact on how we managed to get such major events.

Some quarters only know how to complain when the government makes plans for sectors like tourism and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

When BCCK was being built, many questioned why we needed such a huge facility.

I don’t know about you but I am grateful that there are so many in our state with vision.

If all we can do is complain, we will never achieve anything. What we can do is to ensure that Sarawak remains a stable and safe State, which the global community would willingly visit – and spend their global currency in.

The Borneo Post report:

Kuching to host major international dental convention

KUCHING: Kuching will play host to some 1,500 delegates from around the world during a major joint international dental convention and exhibition next May.

From May 24-28, the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA), Malaysian Dental Association (MDA), and FDI World Dental Federation Joint International Scientific Convention and Trade Exhibition will be held in conjunction with MDA’s 69th annual general meeting at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

The event will provide delegates with a professional, educational and thought-provoking series of lectures and seminars presented by an exciting list of speakers with the theme ‘1Dentistry — Bridging Technologies Past, Present and Future’.

Dentists from this region can look forward to learning from international experts.

To further enhance participants’ learning, there will be hands-on workshops, including on clinical photography techniques.

An additional role of the conference is to drive visitor traffic to the region, further highlighting Sarawak’s position as the regional gateway for business.

The Trade Exhibition will feature over 300 exhibitors.

Admission is free and visitors will get to experience an extensive showcase of the latest in clinical dentistry, dental technology and patient care.

The exhibition is expected to draw approximately 9,000 visitors during the four-day event.

It will also be a suitable platform for institutions of higher learning with faculties in dentistry.

As very limited numbers of booths are available, exhibitors are encouraged to register speedily with early bird rates still applicable.

Delegates are also invited to take advantage of the reduced rates.

The event itself will provide sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to meet face to face with hundreds of dentists and members of the public with purchasing power.

Delegates and exhibitors will have the convenience of registering online via http://www.mdaez-convention.com and payment via credit card, and they will also be able to manage all their communication with the organisers online.

Convenient online arrangements also include reservation for accommodation and pre- and post-event tours.

For more information on the convention or the exhibition go to http://mdaez-convention.com.

The Bernama report:

World Congress Of Chinese Medicine To Rake In RM7.7 Million In Economic Impact

KUCHING, Sept 19 (Bernama) — Sarawak has secured the 9th World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM) to be held here from Nov 10 to Nov 11 next year, expected to contribute RM7.7 million in economic impact.

Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) chief executive officer Zulkefli Sharif said the anticipated revenue was based on international delegates’ expenditure of over 1,000 specialists from the traditional Chinese medicine industry globally.

“Local healthcare providers, herbalists, Chinese physicians will have the opportunity to engage with their international peers to exchange clinical experiences and broaden academic horizons,” he said in a statement.

Held annually, the WCCM is an international academic conference on Chinese medicine organised by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine headquartered in Beijing to promote the industry’s development globally.

He said Kuching was chosen as the preferred destination by the federation following a competitive bid presentation by the Malaysian team in Kunming.

Supported by the Tourism Ministry, Health Ministry, MyCEB and Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), he said, the congress would further reinforce Malaysia as the preferred business event destination for China-based associations and meeting planners and as the regional hub for traditional Chinese medicine.

SCB chief executive officer Jill Henry said hosting the prestigious event would help Sarawak’s credibility as a new hub for international conferences and exhibitions.

Meanwhile, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies vice secretary-general and associate research professor Huang Jian Yin said an agreement was reached between the Malaysian and Chinese governments to jointly develop a research centre on traditional chinese medicine in Malaysia.

An estimated 70 per cent of the Malaysian population believes in and practices Chinese medication.

Malaysia is also home to about 7,000 chinese medicine practitioners and three major federations of Chinese medicines comprising over 70 Chinese medicine associations.

Four universities and eight public hospitals have established a dedicated department for chinese medicines.

— BERNAMA

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