Fitting send-off for study tour members

Treadell (front row, wearing white jacket) and Tio (on Treadells left) with the study tour members. — Photos: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

THE Datuk Michael Tio Study Tour (DMTST) members had a double celebration during a send-off at British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell's official residence recently.

The send-off was for the final DMTST group, the sixth, for its 11-day business study tour along the West and North of the UK, culminating in a hike up to Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales.

The trip, which began on Sept 30 will end on Oct 10.

Treadell, who hosted the event, said the itinerary for the trip was interesting.

“I actually wanted to do a send-off for the previous tour but there just wasn’t a suitable date so I was very determined to do it this year.

“I have seen the itinerary for this coming study tour and saw that you will be visiting a number of places including the Cotswolds and Wales. It sounds fabulous,” she said.

The sixth study tour roughly follows the itinerary of the fifth study tour which took place in April and May earlier this year.

Among the highlights of the tour is a visit to the University of Gloucestershire, hiking Snowdon, visiting well-known landmarks including the Gloucester Cathedral that is popularly known as the setting for some scenes from the Harry Potter movies and a walking tour of London’s famous sights.

This time around, 28 members are taking part in the tour, including Tio who has become known for propagating a modern style of management which he practises at PKT Logistics Group where he is chief executive officer and managing director.

Tio said the members on the sixth study tour represented a wide range of businesses.

The event was also attended by a few members of the previous study tours including a few from the fifth tour who were recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records for the “Most Number of Malaysians to Reach the Summit of Mount Snowdon”.

Treadell witnessed the presentation of the certificate to Tio by Malaysia Book of Records director Christopher Wong at the event.

The record commemorated the achievement of 18 members of the fifth study tour who reached the summit of Snowdon on April 29, amid freezing temperatures, with snow and ice.

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