MITEC Makes History – Crowned World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2023 at the World Travel Awards Gala in Dubai


Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) clinched the prestigious award, surpassing global competitors and marking a milestone for the Malaysian business events industry. Head of Marketing & Sales, Cemone Chua, and Senior Food & Beverage Manager, Mohan Vasanthathevan, proudly accepted the honor at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Dubai. 

Competing against renowned venues like Las Vegas Convention Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, and The Convention Centre Dublin, MITEC stands out as the first purpose-built Malaysian venue to receive this esteemed recognition since the awards’ inception in 1993. It also holds the distinction of being the only Malaysian venue awarded both the WTA World and WTA Asia Awards for Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in the same year.

Graham E. Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Congratulations to Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre for winning ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2023’. This remarkable achievement reflects how MITEC is setting the global benchmark in the sector, as well as the strength of the Malaysian business events industry. The commitment of the entire MITEC team serves as an inspiration to us all.”


Largest trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia

With 52,000 sqm of exhibition and convention space, MITEC is the largest trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia. 2023 has been the busiest year for the centre since its reopening post COVID-19. The journey of MITEC from its stint as Malaysia’s first mega vaccination centre in 2021 and its reopening as a business and lifestyle events venue in 2022 to hosting over 160 events with over 3 million visitors in 2023 has been nothing short of exemplary.

MITEC is a leading hub for trade and commerce in the region and continues to play a pivotal role in driving economic growth and fostering innovation within Malaysia. The centre significantly contributes to the economy of the country by hosting large-scale trade exhibitions that attract both domestic and international participants. The exchange of goods, services, and ideas within this dynamic environment stimulates economic activity, fostering collaboration and business development. Since its opening in 2017, MITEC has contributed estimated RM1 billion in economic impact to Malaysia.
Tan Sri Abdul Rahman
MITEC’s Chairman

As a crucial driver of economic development, MITEC creates job opportunities across various sectors, including event management, hospitality, logistics, and more. The diverse range of events hosted stimulates economic activity, encouraging collaboration and business development. MITEC stands as a beacon of success, shaping the future of Malaysia’s business events landscape.

“As we shape the economic and professional landscape of business events in Malaysia by winning and hosting diverse world-class mega events, there will be a surge in demand for skilled professionals, creating more jobs that span event management, hospitality, logistics, and supporting sectors,” said Mala.

“Just this year, MITEC generated 550,000 casual work hours and RM7.2million in wages towards the gig economy sector, benefitting mostly university students by not only allowing them to earn but also gain meaningful hands-on professional experience in the events industry,” she added.

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