Malaysia is home to one of the best diving conditions for beginners and there are many dive spots available to choose from with an abundance of marine life. Those who are not able to dive are also able to do snorkelling, with shallow reefs with pretty nice corals and great marine life. Malaysia is fast becoming one of the world’s leading dive destinations with one of the richest marine environments and MIDE2017 once again, sets the stage as a platform to raise awareness for Malaysia as a one-stop dive destination internationally.
For the first time ever, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board(MTPB) has organised a “Malaysia Dive Tourism Mart” in conjunction in MIDE, where the buyers can meet sellers to discuss dive packages, collaboration opportunities and new dive sites. Travel agents from countries such as Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan were invited to interact with the exhibitors to obtain more information about Malaysia’s dive spots as well as exchange contacts to build ties for future opportunities to expand the diving industry in Malaysia.
MIDE2017 has moved to a bigger hall space this year to accommodate the increase in numbers of businessmen, tourism boards such as from Indonesia & Philippines, dive agencies, brand manufacturers and distributors that are attending this event. With more than 2000 exhibitors and 200 participating companies, it is certainly the perfect event for any dive enthusiast to attend. Let the photos do the talking!
At MIDE2017, there were also many other events lined up throughout the 3 days, such as the Asia Dive Conference(ADCON), Underwater Photography Forum, Marine Conservation, a presentation by the National Recreational Scuba Diving Council Malaysia (NDC), free photography courses as well as speaker presentations lined up throughout the entire event.
The turnout was very impressive, with approximately 110,000 visitors at the exhibition due to the number of scuba divers growing steadily over the last few years. As compared to the Asia Dive Expo(ADEX) held in Singapore earlier this year, the prices of equipment were slightly more expensive. However, there was a lot more dive packages and location to be explored such as Pulau Sipadan, Miri, Labuan, Tenggol, Redang, Perhentian and many more! There were many packages and products available for professional divers as well as, open water courses for the non-divers who are able to learn more about the underwater world of diving that awaits them to explore it to the fullest potential.
Read more on Ting Yong’s trip in Redang, one of the popular diving sites in Malaysia and Asia.