The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2016 or MIDE 2016 will take place this 29-31 July at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Running for the 11th year, this scuba diving expo will showcase much of the countries beautiful diving destinations, latest dive equipment, talks and diving photography exhibitions. 

At the last MIDE 2015, a total of more than 870 Exhibitors from all over the world attended the largest diving event in Malaysia with 162 participating companies showcasing more than 1000 brands here in Kuala Lumpur. For this year, MIDE 2016 will showcase 250 booths and will occupy space of 8,500 square meters. and approximately 15,000 visitors are expected to attend this dive expo with around 2,000 trade delegates visiting the biggest dive show in Malaysia.

The dive exhibition is also expected to attract visitors from 50 countries for this year. MIDE sales are also estimated at more than Ringgit Malaysia 10 Million during the three day event held here in Kuala Lumpur. 

Visitors checking out some underwater camera equipment at MIDE
Activities and Events at the Malaysia International Dive Expo

You can expect quite a bit which will be held over the three days here. 
  • Agency Seminar
    • PADI Seminar
    • DAN Seminar
    • TDI Seminar
  • Speaker Presentation
  • Speaker – New Product Innovation
  • Free Diving Workshop
  • B2B Meeting  
  • Educational Marine Program
  • Dive Divas Fan Club Activities
  • Pool Try Dive – For Non Divers (Adult & Teens)
  • CONTEST/ LUCKY DRAWS
  • Lens Beyond Ocean (LBO)
For more information, visit the official MIDE website - http://mide.com.my/

Visitors exploring the many booths at MIDE
Who should attend MIDE 2016?

In general, anyone who is a diver or is planning to be a diver should attend the event. You will find all walks of life in all ages coming to the event to find out more about scuba diving, new equipment, new destinations and so on. There are even those who take the next step in learning about technical diving or even rebreathers. Overall, you will see the who's who in the scuba diving world here at MIDE. 

On the visitors to the event, many local divers would wait for MIDE to buy diving equipment and also book dive trips locally and around the world. This has also been a trend over the years where mot divers would wait for the main event. 

Speaking to some dive retailers last year, they expressed a positive and negative reaction to this trend where the good side is that it helps the event economy to flourish. But on the not so good side, retailers have lost a slice of the cake as most divers have now resorted to the dive expo offering special prices and packages.

Tourism Minister Dato Nazri officially launches MIDE 2015
The Tourism Minister with MIDE sponsors 
Last year's Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 saw an increase in divers and also general public attending the diving trade and consumer show here in Kuala Lumpur and the event was officiated by Malaysia's Tourism Minister Dato Nazri along with the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Dato Mirza. During a press conference after the launching, the minister mentioned that diving is one of the growing sports and hobbies that will attract tourist to the many locations around Malaysia. For now, the diving industry players need to focus on quality service and maintain a professional level of service to all customers, local or international.

As a diver myself, I have been diving at quite a number of locations around Malaysia and lately, spending more time diving in Miri, Sarawak as Miri is one of the upcoming locations for leisure diving due to the place not being commercialised.

Among the many Miri dive sites, most of them are rich with coral life and fishes and is easily accessed from the mainland by boat which is only 20-30 minutes out. There are in fact many other Sarawak dive sites to explore and can be easily done with licensed dive operators here.

MIDE 2016
Date: 29-31 July
Venue: PWTC, KL
Time: 10am to 9pm

For anyone who wants to know more, this is the best place to understand more about diving. A majority of the top players in the industry will be here, the diving agencies will also be here while the retailers, re-sellers, dive operators and so on will be at MIDE 2016. See you there! 

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