We have put a lot of thought and attention into the gala dinner, in celebrating the winners of the 11 categories but also making sure that our 720 guests are entertained that night. — VICTOR WEE
The stage is set, the winners have been picked and the journey three years in the making is close to reaching its end when the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2014 winners are announced this Thursday.
Awards’ organising chairman Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee said the second edition of the triennial awards, to be held at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, would be a grand spectacle, welcoming the creme de la creme of the city’s tourism industry players.
“We have put a lot of thought and attention into the gala dinner, in celebrating the winners of the 11 categories but also making sure that our 720 guests are entertained that night,” he said.
The hosts for the auspicious night are Deanna Yusof and Raymond Goh while entertainment for the evening will include song, dance and comedy performances by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Tony Eusoff, Elvira Raul, Harith Iskandar and performances by MUD and DBKL orchestra.
Dr Wee also revealed that the public voting which closed on June 5 could end up being the deciding factor, in crowning a winner, in some of the categories.
“Public voting only makes up 5% of the total score but in some categories the score is very close, that the extra points are the decider in the final points tally,” he said, adding that public voting for this year’s awards had spiked 155% compared to three years ago.
Even though the awards was being held for the second time since its establishment, Dr Wee said the overall tourism industry in Kuala Lumpur had benefited from the increased overall quality of service since the last awards were held.
“I feel the awards benefits the whole tourism industry in Kuala Lumpur and should be held once every two years, but not once a year, otherwise it might lose it mystique and prestige,” he said.
He, too, was thankful for the opportunity to be involved in the awards ceremony especially getting the experience to work with many of the judges who were highly influential and respected personalities in their respective industries.
“It has been a very memorable experience for me and everyone involved in this journey from start to finish,” he said adding that he could not wait for the grand event on June 19.
For details, visit www.2014.klmayortourismawards.com.