When tin miners settled on the Klang River in the 1850s, they dubbed their shantytown “Kuala Lumpur,” meaning “muddy river mouth.” Just 150 years later the name, now synonymous with Southeast Asia’s future, conjures images of the rocket-shaped Petronas Twin Towers, symbols of Kuala Lumpur’s rapid ascent from river encampment to global city.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
From the bridge of a cruise ship in the Strait of Malacca, the Swedish captain gazes ambivalently toward the dark green shoreline of the Malay Peninsula. We are five miles offshore, heading from Penang to Port Kelang on the final leg of an Asian cruise.