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September 19, 2010

Malaysia wins bid to host 15th International Peat Conference in 2016

Kuching, Sarawak has secured the hosting of the 15th International Peat Congress in 2016 (IPC2016) after Malaysia won the bid in Jyvaskyla, Finland on 16th June 2010. This five-day event, scheduled for August 2016 is expected to generate revenue of over RM2.2 million for the local hospitality and tourism sector with some 700 national and international delegates expected to attend.

Dato James Dawos Mamit, president of Malaysian Peat Society and Chairman of IPC2016, commented: “We are very pleased to win this bid for Malaysia as this is the first time this prestigious convention will have been held outside Europe and North America. In securing this conference so early, we can now draw on a wide international network to assist in the development and sustainability management of peat land and agricultural crops.”

For peat's sake: Kuching, Sarawak, wins 15th
International Peat Congress in 2016


Meanwhile, Dr. Lulie Meling, treasurer of Malaysian Peat Society and Congress General of IPC2016, added: “Travelling to Finland to bid for this conference was a truly memorable experience. We put so much effort into winning the bid together with SCB who has been there for us from the very early stage of the bidding process.

“We presented to our colleagues in Finland the uniqueness of Sarawak, our amazing peat land and the credibility and strengths of the Malaysian Peat Society. On behalf of the committee, I am honoured that the international decision makers from around the globe has accepted Malaysia’s bid especially as we faced such strong competition from our colleagues in Latvia.”

Jill Henry, chief executive of the Sarawak Convention Bureau, added: “Winning this prestigious event will add to the credibility of Sarawak as a preferred conventions destination, and also as a new hub for scientists and professional researchers to come together. The bureau is thrilled with this bid win and will continue to assist other organisations that are prepared to bid nationally and internationally.”

For the Malaysian Peat Society and committees, organising a conference is nothing new. Since 2006, this is their third conference working with Sarawak Convention Bureau in their bidding and marketing. The committee has been instrumental in the success of the bid, and this will help secure more business meetings and conferences to Sarawak.

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