Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has submitted its bid to host the Routes Forum 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.
It hopes its experience in organising the Routes Asia forum would be taken into consideration as the airport operator has successfully organised the Asian version for three consecutive years.
There are three other contenders for Routes 2008. They are Singapore’s Changi Airport, Bangkok and Beijing airports.
Routes is an international forum which brings global airlines and airports together every year. It is considered the most important and prestigious event in the aviation industry.
This year's event will be held in Copenhagen and next year, in Dubai. The organising committee decided last year that the event would be held out of Europe every second year.
In 2007, Routes will go back to Europe. Airports in Asia are lobbying to host 2008's forum in their own countries.
MAHB officials, comprising corporate services general manager Datuk Umar Bustamam and senior marketing manager Mohamed Salahuddin Mat Shah, were in Manchester yesterday to hand over the bid documents to the organising committee.
Speaking from Manchester, Salahuddin told StarBiz that MAHB's proposal was ‘‘very elaborate and comprehensive.’’
“It includes support from all the key stake holders such as the Transport Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Malaysia Airlines as we are keen to host this international event in Malaysia.’’
“We are here (in Manchester) and that shows our commitment to doing our best if we win the bid. We remain hopeful that the organising committee will give our bid its due consideration,’’ he said. - By B.K. Sidhu
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