Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE) 2020 goes virtual

V. Sivaji | August 24, 2020 | 0 | Happening Now , Hotels , Live , News , Special features

The third edition of the Penang International Travel Exchange (PIET) 2020 will go fully virtual in line with the “new normal”.

The event will be held from Oct 14 – Oct 16 with some 100 buyers worldwide and another 100 local sellers taking part.

This time around, there will be three segments to cater for the different time zones, namely the Asia Pacific market, Europe market and the North and South American market.

Present at a press conference to announce the event at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang recently was State Exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) Chief executive officer, Ashwin Gunasekeran, Malaysian Association of Hotels chairman (Penang Chapter) Khoo Boo Lim and ACE Conferences & Exhibitions director, Yen Tan (Ker Shin).

The latter are the virtual technology provided for the event.

“We are delighted to work with PCEB on the project this year which will be using some of the latest technology,” said Yen Tan in her address.

“This will be the first digital event in Malaysia with new and improved online digital technology.

“The prior PIET gatherings held in 2018 and 2019 were successful in bringing more business to Penang and we are confident that our new version of the virtual gathering will be equally rewarding,”said Ashwin.

Meanwhile, Yeoh congratulated PCEB on being able to host the event virtually and also showcase the infrastructure and facilities Penang has to put on a world-class virtual trade show.

“”Penang is here for Tomorrow, and Penang is ready to welcome travellers, both for leisure and business.

“I would also like to encourage Penang venues, hotels, attractions and products to participate in the PITE 2020 Digital Show to promote Penang worldwide,” said Yeoh in his address.

From left, Khoo, Tan, Yeoh and Ashwin at the launch.


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In a related development, Yeoh called on the Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong not to divert public attention from the Federal Government’s failure to notify the Penang State Government on the arrival of the chartered flight from Medan, Indonesia to Penang recently.

“In regards to the issue of the chartered flight, Wee should look into how to effectively convey the information from the Federal Government to the State Government, instead of disregarding the fact that Penang State Government has not been notified on the approval given for the arrival of the charter flight to Penang,” said Yeoh in a press statement.

Yeoh added that in his meeting with Air Asia and Penang Island Hospital, they had respectively confirmed that they liaised directly with the Federal authorities for all arrangements related to this charter flight.

“During this pandemic, the Penang State Government’s priority remains unchanged, which is to prioritise the safety and health of Penangites.

“This is also in line with my meeting with the Indonesian Consul General in July this year which I emphasise that Penang will further collaborate with Indonesia to promote medical tourism after the pandemic. However, this was taken out of context by certain parties.” said Yeoh.

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