To and From Florence With Love - Story From Past President – Siew Yong Gnanalingam
SIE Congress in Florence from 14th – 16th July 2017 promoting the SI Convention in Kuala Lumpur 2019.
As the International Convention Chair of the 21st SI Convention KL 2019, I am pleased to report to SISWP as the Federation Host , that Anusha Santhirasthipam (Local Convention Co-Chair - Programme) and I attended the SIE Congress in Florence from 14th – 16th July 2017 to promote the SI Convention.
At our stand we handed out bookmarks and postcards featuring Malaysia's unique culture, cuisine, animal wildlife and city destinations which peaked the interest of many delegates. I was given a 15 minute slot which was maximised to update on the convention venue, logo and the programme theme and panel session topics. Some precious minutes were also spent to excite them with all the unique elements of Malaysia from scenic landscapes to historic UNESCO sights, exciting social and hospitality plans, which will be imbued with Malaysian cultural elements of a mix of Asian and ethnic heritage.
We also had the opportunity to show a short video which calls out to our SIE sisters to respond with, "Kuala Lumpur, here we come."