MIDE 2015 KL

MIDE 2015 will take place from 12-14 June at the Putra World Trade Centre or PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is also the 10th Anniversary that the dive expo and exhibition has been held here in Malaysia and this year, MIDE wants to make it an exciting event with a surprise for visitors. 

The largest dive exhibition and expo in Malaysia will be showcasing 250 booths and covering a total space of 8,500 sq meters and MIDE 2015 will attract over 15,000 visitors during the three days. Over 2,000 trade delegates are projected to be at this premier dive show in Asia, with a sales turnover estimated at more than RM 6 Million during the 3-day event here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

MIDE in Malaysia 2015
MIDE in Malaysia
MIDE 2015 is designed to build a high-end exhibition platform to expand the scuba diving market and further to network with decision makers in the industry. attracting hundreds of exhibitors to participate. 

Visitors from more than 50 countries have been visiting the show on a yearly basis and this year due to the 10th anniversary of MIDE, the organizers are expecting more international visitors to come which is in line for dive tourism in Malaysia. You will also see various tourism boards participating here promoting Dive Tourism in Malaysia. This event is also endorsed by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia and Malaysia Major Events. 

MIDE Dive Equipment
Dive equipment sold at MIDE
MIDE 2015 Information
Date: 12-14 June 
Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur
Time: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
Entrance: RM3.00

Free Admission for;
• Trade Visitors
• Dive Diva Members
• Asia Dive Conference Delegates
• Media Representatives
• Be-A-Diver Sign Up
• MIDE Underwater Card Holder
• Children (below 17 years ) 

MIDE 2015 Booth Layout and Plan
MIDE 2015 Booth Layout
If you are a scuba diver, this is the one main event that you should attend especially if you want to find out more about the diving industry in Malaysia. Plus this event is also the best place to get diving equipment as many of the dealers will have their promotions during the expo. You can view my previous articles on MIDE 2014 and MIDE 2013

Off topic but relevant - On a very subjective side of this, divers will keep their money and wait for the dive expo to buy equipment due to the better prices and packages. Speaking to one of the dive dealers in Kuala Lumpur, they have admitted that MIDE has sort of made buyers wait for the event to make their purchases as they know that they can get much better discounts and prices versus walking into a shop and buying the similar items. It is quite similar to how the travel fairs in Malaysia have spoilt the industry where people only wait for the Matta Fair 2015 to buy their packages. 

MIDE Rebreathers
Rebreathers at MIDE
Anyway, as diving has grown tremendously over the last 10 years, there are a lot more divers in the market nowadays. Many new divers are looking into the diving fashion where they want to have premium or more unique dive equipment that stand out and are practical. Examples would be like the multi-colored backpack Oxycheq BCD and DiveRite BCD or even the imported multi-colored regulator and BC Miflex Hoses which can be matched for your coloured dive set. 

Even for dive accessories and computers, there are a wide range available from various distributors selling brands like Suunto D4i Novo, Mares, Hog, Edge, Aqualung, ScubaPro and Ikelite. Specialized products like rebreathers are also the talk of divers where prices have been dropping for these bubble-less breathing apparatus due to technology advancement. Sidemount BCDs are also getting popular with the new generation of leisure cave divers where prices are quite affordable. 

Oxycheq BCD 2015
A customer checks out the backpack BCDs at MIDE
Other highlights of Mide 2015 Malaysia are the many exotic and distant dive destinations around the region which was once very hard to access but with the growth of budget airlines and routes, these places are now easily reached with just one flight. With the easy access, dive operators can now sell destinations like Moalboal, Malapascua, Anilao and Puerto Galera in the Philippines, Manado, Lombok, Raja Ampat, Maldives and many more places.

Overall, if you are a diving tourist visiting Malaysia in June, you should visit this expo and exhibition in KL as you may always find something new or even cheaper than in your own country. Most of the local divers and diving industry would be seen here and this is also a great place to mingle and network at MIDE 2015. 

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