Toastmasters convention to be held outside North America for the first time

Toastmasters International has chosen Kuala Lumpur for its 2014 World Convention to help grow its membership base.

Kuala Lumpur's Convention Centre
Kuala Lumpur's Convention Centre

The decision was taken as more than 30 per cent of the organisation’s global members now live outside North America, with the strongest membership growth in Southeast Asia.

The four-day convention, supported by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), will take place on 20 August 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and around 2,000 delegates are expected.

MyCEB will provide Toastmasters with assistance under its industry partners’ subvention programme. Launched in November 2010, the programme refers to financial and non-financial incentives to support bids for targeted international business events that offers high economic value to the country. Since its launch, MyCEB has approved subvention support for nearly £5 million to international association meetings.

Toastmasters International executive director, Daniel Rex, said: "Kuala Lumpur is centrally located to a broad membership population, which would potentially boost convention attendance higher than it’s ever been."

Dr. John Lau Pang Heng, a member of the Kuching Connections Toastmasters Club, Kuching Mandarin Toastmasters Clu and Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club in Penang, shall be installed as International President of Toastmasters International in August 2012 at the Orlando International convention in USA.

He is also one of MyCEB’s appointed ‘Kesatria’ under the ‘Kesatria 1Malaysia’ programme. It is a programme introduced by MyCEB whereby leaders of key industry sectors voluntarily assist in identifying and encouraging other potential local hosts to bid for and stage international conventions.

Toastmasters International World Convention 2012 will be held in Orlando Florida while the 2013 convention will take place in Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio.

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