An association of toastmasters is to hold its first world
convention outside North America in a move
which reflects the increasingly international make-up of its membership.
Toastmasters International has decided to hold its World
Convention 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after experiencing strong membership
growth in South east Asia.
More than 2,000 delegates are expected at the four-day event
which is being held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, from 20-23 August 2014.
Supported by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau
(MyCEB) the convention is expected to rake in RM32.5 million (£6.5m) for the
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. We’re excited to host
our convention in this wonderful city”.
Global association meetings held in Malaysia have been known to score
record-breaking attendance, such as the 18th World Congress of Information
Technology 2008 (3,300 delegates), 18th World Congress of Accountants 2010
(5,050 delegates) and 70th Institute of Internal Auditors International
Conference 2011 (3,300 delegates – largest attendance for conference outside America).
Toastmasters will benefit from MyCEB’s subvention programme.
Launched in November 2010, the programme includes financial and non-financial
incentives to support bids. So far MyCEB has approved RM20.5m in subvention to
international association meetings.
Pictured: Daniel Rex