Destinations Malaysia Updates

How to inspire creativity at meetings

Marriott International seeks to transform meeting outcomes with authentic local experiences in Malaysia.

Meeting delegates are increasingly looking for authentic experiences, and Malaysia offers a range of unique locales for corporate events – from Kuala Lumpur’s urban vibrancy to the lush scenery of Langkawi or Sabah. Delegates can look forward to immersing themselves in a host of cultural experiences and activities that inspire creativity and productivity.

Marriott International is looking to harness Malaysia’s rich culture and has rolled out a new approach to meetings, ‘MY Marriott Meetings by Marriott International’, that weaves local touches into meeting packages across its Malaysian portfolio.

Marriott International, area director of sales & distribution – Singapore, Malaysia & The Maldives, Sho Hwee, says, “The ‘MY Marriott Meetings by Marriott International’ concept aims to showcase authentic, experiential options that elevate Malaysia’s colourful culture, food and heritage with a more enriching experience for business meetings in our hotels and resorts in Malaysia.”

Kuala Lumpur and beyond

Malaysia’s thriving culture offers a plethora of arts, cuisine and entertainment options for meeting planners to incorporate into meetings.

For a quintessential Malaysian experience, ‘Meetings Kaw-Kaw’ at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur offers fully customised destination meeting options. Be it indoors or outdoors, engage meeting participants with vibrant night market-themed live cooking stations.

Reimagine meetings with W Kuala Lumpur’s ‘Blast from the Past: A Malaysian Heritage’ theme, a unique meeting concept designed to engage and inspire. The hotel’s RECESS breakout zones are transformed into a vibrant street food environment with delectable flavours served in time-honoured fashion: traditional clay pots, tiffins and rattan baskets.

At Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s melting pot of cultures are showcased through cuisine from the different regions in Malaysia, including Nonya, Kelantanese and Melaka Portuguese. A host of additional elements such as a cultural dance performance and a live cooking demonstration of local favourites are also available to liven up any business gathering. For an unforgettable way to conclude a productive day of business, take an indulgent ‘Sky’s the Limit’ dinner floating above the city overlooking the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre tower during sunset.

Bedecked in batik motifs and traditional kampung decorations, meetings at The Westin Kuala Lumpur evoke a nostalgic spirit of Malaysia. Its team-building concept, ‘Pots, Pans and Palates’, features local market visits and cooking classes that follow local recipes.

In Langkawi, pristine coral reefs and rainforests dot the coastline, offering a range of captivating settings, including tropical-themed board meetings or a beachfront sunset cocktail reception. The island offers the perfect opportunity for additional conservation-based corporate social responsibility (CSR) and team-building activities such as rice farming at Laman Padi, playing traditional Malaysian games (pictured above, right), kite-making, batik painting and learning how to Silat (traditional martial arts) at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and The St. Regis Langkawi.

The local street food scene comes to life at The Ritz Carlton Langkawi’s luxurious beachfront oasis, where authentic flavours are showcased at a market-style Dulang lunch, or a Warisan beach dinner under the stars with smoked barbecue favourites such as Ayam Percik (grilled spiced chicken) and Ikan Bakar Cili Api (grilled fish with chilli).

Key corporate gatherings deserve an inspiring setting. The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi, is nestled within a pristine reef and rainforest. Meeting attendees can indulge in a Santai (a Malaysian term for ‘relaxation’) drink session before dinner and receive an ‘indigenous’ welcome gift. They can also take part in team-building activities such as Coral Conservation, which involves the creation of concrete ‘Mini-ARMS’ to complement the resort’s Artificial Reef Module System project. Corals are transplanted under the expert guidance of a Marine and Coral Curator before relocating these Corals to the main reef area using rafts built by delegates, leaving them with a feeling of accomplishment, having made a real and tangible difference to the environment.

Give meeting delegates the opportunity to discover the fascinating contrasts of Borneo’s rainforest city, Kota Kinabalu. Welcome attendees to Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu with a free flow of refreshing Sabah Tea and Kopi Tenom, where complimentary traditional Rungus bead garlands are on offer for groups of 50 or more.

Elevate coffee breaks with interactive live food that serve up local specialities with a twist – think roti kahwin, chicken bambangan in bamboo, banana fritters with cheese and tapai with vanilla ice cream. For larger events (minimum 300 persons), the Sabah cultural show is the way to ring in any event in style.

This is a sponsored post by Marriott International. Specially curated meeting packages are available at 22 participating Marriott International hotels and resorts in Malaysia from 7 September to 31 December 2018. Find out more at http://bit.ly/mymeetingsmi.