Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) successfully hosted 42 corporate leaders from India's top brands for the first ever Penang Corporate Invitational Golf (PCIG) 2019. The friendly golf tournament took place from 16 – 17 August at Bukit Jawi Golf Resort and Penang Golf Resort. A welcome dinner for the leaders and the organising committee was held at The Light Hotel in Seberang Jaya and the tournament came to a close with a gala dinner at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Batu Feringghi.
There were total of 12 winners that were announced in an Awards ceremony during the gala dinner. The scoring involved two different categories, an overall champion with a runner-up. Balraj Singh Parmar (Director of Suzlon Energy Ltd.) was the champion for the whole tournament whereas Ajay Kaul (Senior Director of Everstone Capital) came in second.
The gala dinner was graced by the attendance of YAB Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy (Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang), YB Yeoh Soon Hin (Penang State Exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture & Heritage), YB Satees Muniandy (Penang State Legislative Assemblyman for Bagan Dalam), Mr Jonathan Freddy P. Bagang (Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Penang), and Mr Ashwin Gunasekeran (Chief Executive Officer of PCEB).
Also present at the gala dinner were Mr Rishi Narain (Managing Director of RN Sports Marketing), Mr Khoo Boo Lim (Chairman of the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) – Penang Chapter) and Ms Elaine Yue (General Manager of Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa). “With Penang’s historical and cultural links with India, we aim to increase inbound tourism from the country. I believe that Penang shares many similarities which our visitors from India will be able to relate when it comes to language, culture and even cuisine,” "addressedY Yeoh Soon Hin (Penang State Exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture & Heritage) during his speech at the gala dinner.
Ashwin Gunasekeran (Chief Executive Officer of PCEB) "Penang is very dynamic in every aspect for business events with the availability of various resources that can cater for future corporate meetings, which makes it the preferred destination for business events in Southeast Asia. The state is also complemented with state-of-the-art facilities, a multicultural society and filled with natural attractions".
The event was organised in partnership with Golf Digest India (a leading golf magazine) and Rishi Narain Sports Marketing, PCIG 2019 positions Penang as choice destination for golfing to the Indian market, which is one of Penang's fastest growing market for tourism. PCIG 2019 is supported by Malaysia Airlines (Official Airline Partner), Apollo Conferences, and Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) – Penang Chapter.