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Fresh ideas for meetings and incentives in Peninsular Malaysia

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Fresh ideas for meetings and incentives in Peninsular Malaysia
Peninsular Malaysia states Selangor and Johor are courting international visitors – and business event planners – with “Visit” campaigns this year. Among the attractions are Gamuda Cove, 40 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre and 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and Desaru Coast, at the southeastern corner of Johor.

Gamuda Cove Discovery Park and adjacent Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands (PIDW) offer exciting half-day to full-day outdoor activities as extensions to city-based meetings in Kuala Lumpur. Discovery Park team activities include cycling, a rope course, ATV rides, e-karting and the 35m-high Cove Aerobar ride – the first in Southeast Asia – for a panoramic view.

PIDW choices include jungle trekking, cycling, hot air balloon rides and safari truck rides.

“Gamuda Cove is a mindfully planned township development offering exciting eco-friendly tourism activities, including adventure and water parks,” said Eusoffe Chua, chief commercial officer of Gamuda Land.

Dusit Hotels and Resorts will manage the 280-room ASAI Gamuda Cove hotel slated to open in the first quarter of 2026. It will be Dusit’s first hotel in Malaysia and Gamuda Land’s first hotel development. ASAI Gamuda Cove will cater to domestic and international stays, leveraging Gamuda Cove’s host of eco-tourism activities.

The Desaru Coast integrated resort spans 16.2km2 of biodiverse surroundings with 17km of beachfront. It has four leading hotel brands – One&Only, Anantara, Westin and Hard Rock – alongside Els Club Desaru Coast with two world-class golf courses and an adventure waterpark.

The freestanding Westin-operated conference centre has more than 1,200m2 of meeting and event space.

“We plan to draw in more corporate events and conferences, including from Australasia,” said Zamsuzliana Ahmad, head of sales and marketing for Desaru Coast.

“Our ‘Corporate Events Reimagined’ program can be customised into memorable four-day, three-night itineraries. Besides hotel-based events, outdoor activities can include mangrove and tropical fruit farm tours, birdwatching or golf.”

A 90-minute ferry service from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Singapore to Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal operates from Thursdays to Mondays. Groups can charter ferries on other days or use the land route via the Causeway.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas has seen a small increase in meetings, mostly domestic and regional. Formal sessions are held in the ballroom or meeting rooms with teambuilding on the beach.

Evening cocktails are served in the Observatory Bar, Herbs Garden, Infinity Bar or Lagoon Pool Bar. Capacity ranges from 30 people at the Observatory Bar to more than 100 at the Pool Bar.

Fresh ideas for meetings and incentives in Peninsular Malaysia
A hot air balloon ride over Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands | Image credit: Gamuda Land

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