Golden night for MIFF buyers

ABOUT 800 guests from 122 countries made the 20th Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) Buyer’s Night one to remember.

Held at the ballroom of Sunway Putra Hotel on Wednesday night, the theme was “Golden Night” and everyone came dressed for the occasion, including the guests who wore golden cowboy hats.

MIFF chairman Datuk Dr Tan Chin Huat thanked the buyers for their unwavering support, noting the fair attracts more than 6,000 international visitors annually.

“We are seeing more buyers participating from emerging economies.

“We will continue to not only deliver our best every year but also further enhance the MIFF experience for everyone,” he said in his speech.

Looking back, Tan reminisced about MIFF’s humble beginnings in 1995 and how it had grown seven-fold in terms of exhibitors.

“I hope the participants will continue to give us their feedback so that we can improve further.

“We value their input and we will try to accommodate them as much as we can to make MIFF better for exhibitors and buyers alike,” he said.

The night’s entertainment kicked off with acrobatic rope-dancing by two women who performed while dangling several metres above ground.

The Big Band, led by a plus-sized lead singer, belted out several songs while guests were also treated to performances by dancers from Bali, Indonesia.

Attractive lucky draw prizes were also given away, including cameras, laptops, tablets and hotel vouchers.

Almost 100 foreign visitors also exchanged gifts with each other on stage to symbolise friendship.

Tan together with UBM Asia president and CEO Jime Essink, UBM Asean Business managing director M. Gandhi and UBM Asia senior vice-president Chris Eve took to the stage to reveal that the 2015 edition of MIFF will be held between March 3 and 7 next year.

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