School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Events (SHTE), Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management, Taylor’s University has organized the Hospitality Executive (HEX) Talk Event Series 2023 with the topic of ‘Championing Halal Globally’. This event was held on 14 September 2023, at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in conjunction with the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS).
Our distinguished Panelists for the event included Y.Bhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Irmohizam bin Ibrahim, Chairman of Conferences & Exhibitions, Member Advisory Council (MAC), World Trade Centre Association (WTCA), Mr. Amran bin Yem, Senior Director, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Ms. Winnee Lim, General Manager of Business Development, Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), and Ms. Jane Vong Holmes, Senior Manager of Asia, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
The event commenced with an enlightening presentation by Mr. Amran, unveiling the fascinating journey of MIHAS since its inception in 2004. His insights into Malaysia’s Halal Exports were particularly eye-opening, showcasing figures like RM27.84 billion for Food and Beverages (F&B) and RM23.35 billion for Halal ingredients. Moreover, discovering the top five Halal destinations including China, Singapore, Japan, the USA, and Indonesia – added a global perspective to the discourse.
The dialogue continued with an engaging sharing session, where the Panelists tackled a few questions posed by the Moderator, Dr. Khairiah Ismail, Senior Lecturer, School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Events, Taylor's University. Questions ranged from the necessity of spreading global awareness about Halal products to MIHAS’ pivotal role in positioning Malaysia on the international stage within the context of Halal trade and culture. Furthermore, the discussion touched on MIHAS’s alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The event would not have been possible without the dedication and meticulous planning of eight students from Taylor's Bachelor of International Events Management programme, they were Gurpreet Kaur, Lee Qian Hui, Mariyam Shaufa, Rahaf Abdullah, Doaa Imam, Kathrina Maria, Yap Shuen Ting, and Abdullah Nabil Aldammak, as the emcee. Their tireless efforts under the guidance of Dr. Khairiah Ismail ensured the event’s success. In summary, the HEX Talk Event Series 2023 provided invaluable insights into the global Halal industry, thanks to our distinguished Panel Speakers and the participation of attendees.