Datuk Seri Dr. Irmohizam bin Ibrahim was recently appointed as the new Chairman of Convention and Exhibition (C&E) Member Advisory Council (MAC) World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) headquartered in New York, for a two-year term tenure, alongside the Vice Chairman, Okay Basbug from World Trade Center Istanbul.
Datuk Seri Dr. Irmohizam bin Ibrahim stated, “It is a great honor not just to be the first Malaysian, but also the first Bumiputera to hold this position in chairing the global Convention and Exhibition industry, I sincerely hope that our country’s image can be enhanced and viewed positively by the whole world through more cooperation and collaboration amongst WTCA members which now comprises of 326 WTCs worldwide. In order to revive this industry, an open and inclusive approach by every member is necessary.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted Malaysia’s Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), and BE industries as they were heavily affected by it, accumulating a total of RM27.5 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) losses and had suffered RM45 billion in revenue loss in the Malaysian tourism industry.
By advocating cooperation in the form of travel bubbles among the member nations, WTCKL will develop cooperation ways that will result in revenue growth by continually revitalizing the tourist and trade industries in Malaysia.
This appointment is considered to be a victory for all Malaysians who are fighting and coping with the COVID-19 epidemic, for recognizing the full confidence of all member countries in the capabilities of an ‘Anak Malaysia.’