Penang's Recent Accolades

  • RM9.1 billion investments (2011), highest in Malaysia – 16% of Malaysian investments in manufacturing sector & 21% of Malaysia’s FDI.

 

  • Top 10 dynamic industrial cluster locations in the world to have demonstrated a successful manufacturing experience among developing economies (UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2009)

 

  • Malaysia- 14th most competitive country in IMD’s 2012 World Competitiveness Yearbook Ranking, which cover 59 economies.

 

  • Top 31 Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) locations of the future (KPMG’s “Exploring Global Frontiers” Report 2009)

 

  • Malaysia- one of the 18 best places for Americans to retire overseas (in Kathleen Peddicord’s book “How To Retire Overseas - Everything You Need to Know To Live Well Abroad for Less”)

 

  • Voted as the 8th Most Livable Asian Locations, on par with Seoul and higher than Kuala Lumpur by ECA International 2012

 

  • Global Enabling Trade Report (GETR) 2012 ranking, which covers 132 countries, Malaysia is ranked at 24th

 

  • Malaysia - #3 in Global Best-to-Invest Rankings 2012 (Asia Pacific Region) after Singapore (#1) and Australia (#2)

 

  • Georgetown – UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

 

  • 36 hours in Penang by New York Times, published on February 9, 2012

 

  • Most Expensive Locations – Asian Ranking 2011

    George Town – Ranks 37; lower than Kuala Lumpur – Ranks 30, Johor Bahru – Ranks 35, Singapore – 6, Bangkok – Ranks 22

 

  • Most Expensive Locations – Global Ranking 2011

    George Town – Ranks 208; lower than Kuala Lumpur – Ranks 179, Johor Bahru – Ranks 196, Singapore – 31, Bangkok – Ranks 140

 

  • Nasi Goreng in Penang was listed one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 foodie holidays (2010)

 

  • New York Times rank Penang No. 22 on its ‘44 places to go in 2009’ list

 

  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion named one of the Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses by Lonely Plane

 

  • CNNGo voted Penang Assam Laksa as World's No. 7 most delicious foods

 

  • Smart Travel Asia ranked Penang # 9 in Top 10 Best Holiday Destinations

 

  • George Town has the Best Street food in Asia, argued John Brunton, an international journalist featured in The Guardian, the second most popular British national daily.

 

  • RM12.2bil capital investments (2010), highest in Penang & Malaysia’s 30 year record-26% of total Malaysian investments.

 

  • Top 10 dynamic industrial cluster locations in the world to have demonstrated a successful manufacturing experience among developing economies (UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2009).

 

  • Top 31 Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) locations of the future (KPMG’s “Exploring Global Frontiers” Report 2009).

 

  • Contributed 70% of Malaysia’s medical tourism revenue.

 

  • Best financially managed state (Auditor-General’s Report 2009).

 

  • CAT Governance praised for anti-corruption efforts (Transparency International, 2010).

 

  • Penang is top in Malaysia for protecting, preserving and promoting the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town.

 

  • Penang is now on top as the most liveable city in Malaysia on par with Kuala Lumpur. 

 

  • Top 8 islands in the world ‘You must see before you die' (by Yahoo! Travel, February 2011).

 

  • Penang top in Reducing the crime index for 2010 by 27%, the largest amongst all States.

 

  • Penang top in Green initiatives to make Penang the first green State in Malaysia.

 

  • Penang is the first State to give RM100 annually to every senior citizen above 60 as well as wipe out the hard-core poverty and ensuring that every family receives at least RM 500 a month.

 

  • Penang has the highest air passenger growth for both domestic and foreign travellers in 2010.