Situated on the north west coast of Malaysia, Penang has become a much-loved destination for travellers from around the world. While this state on the Malaysian peninsula is comprised of two parts, Sberang Perai and Penang Island, the latter is most often associated with the name Penang. When staying in a hotel in Penang, you're surrounded by innovation and creativity. As well as the famed George Town artists, the area is known for its thriving tech sector, so there's no shortage of innovation for businesses here.
What are some of Penang's highlights?
If you find yourself with some free time, you should take a stroll around George Town, the capital of Penang and a sample of its delicious food. There are a number of other famous sites in the area such as Kek Lok Si temple and the popular Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi beaches. The Penang National Park in the north of Penang Island makes for an extraordinary day trip if you find yourself at a loose end.
What can I expect from a business trip to Penang?
Penang is an important hub for many businesses. This is thanks to its status as one of Malaysia's most developed and economically significant states. A large part of the state's income comes from tourism but the region is also home to several exciting industry events; the Food & Hotel Trade Fair takes place every November, and Star Property My Fair is an event which showcases the best of property development and real estate. Another significant sector is technology; the city was awarded Cyber City status by the Multimedia Super Corridor in 2005.
What can I do after work when staying in a Penang hotel?
You'll never find yourself short of things to do from your hotel in Penang. If you enjoy music, take in a performance from one of the two famous Western orchestras in the region, or enjoy the traditional ProArt Chinese Orchestra - a wonderful example of the rich cultural diversity throughout Malaysia. If you're looking for more urban art, take a walk through the streets of George Town and see if you can spot one of the wall paintings created by artist Ernest Zacharevic. These iconic paintings give life to the city's vibrant street art scene. You can also opt to visit to one of Penang's many stunning beaches.