Penang, Malaysia

Pearl of the Orient

Weather
Penang experiences tropical weather year-round.
32°C / 89.6°F
Highs
25°C / 77°F
Lows
Currency
Penang's currency is the Malaysian ringgit – written RM or MYR.
USD 1.00
=
4.14MYR
Languages & Intepretations
The national language of Malaysia is Malay. Though, English is widely spoken and understood in Malaysia.

For complete information on Penang:

Visit mypenang.gov.my
VenueAccomodationTravel and VisaGoing AroundFAQ
SETIA SPICE Convention Centre
The World Class Integrated Convention Centre, Setia SPICE Convention Centre comprises contiguous space of 4,500 square metre pillar-less ballroom providing unobstructed view of the stage, that can accommodate 400 round banquet tables or 8000 theatre seating's for any conference.
Address: 108C, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Sungai Nibong Kecil, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
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Accomodation – APUF7 Partner Hotels
Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for accommodations.
Lexis Suites Penang
28, Jalan Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Penang
109
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 By Foot
14
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 By Car
Seri Malaysia Hotel Penang
No 7, Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Bayan Baru, 11950 Pulau Pinang
18
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 By Foot
6
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 By Car
Equatorial Hotel Penang
1, Jalan Bukit Jambul, Byan Lepas, 11900 Penang
22
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 By Foot
4
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 By Car
Vistana Hotel
$ - $$
213 Jalan Bukit Gambir, 11950, Bukit Jambul, Penang, Malaysia.
22
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 By Foot
4
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 By Car
Olive Tree Hotel
$ - $$
76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
6
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 By Foot
8
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 By Car
Eastin Hotel Penang
$$ - $$$
Queensbay, 1, Solok Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
55
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 By Foot
8
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 By Car
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
$$$ +
10, Lebuh Farquhar George Town 10200 George Town Pulau Pinang Malaysia
120
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 By Foot
22
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 By Car
Travel & Visa Information

For complete information for Malaysia’s Visa requirements please visit the Malaysia Immigration Department’s website at https://imi.gov.my

Visit Site

As Penang is so compact, travelling around the island and exploring the mainland is relatively easy whether you choose public transport or rental vehicles.

Going Around
Taxis
Taxis are easily available around the island; it is a common means of getting around by visitors. Be sure to agree on a price before boarding the taxi.
Buses
The main public bus service is by Rapid Penang and it covers an extensive area both on the island and mainland. It also operates a Free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus service within George Town.
Rent a car
Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience. They are charged by daily rate – all you have to do is pay a deposit and the car is yours to go anywhere with. Car rentals are available around town – most hotels can hook you up with one.
Trishaws
Driven purely on manpower, the iconic trishaw is great for going around George Town. Opt for a trishaw ride if you enjoy breezy rides. Be sure to agree on a price before starting your journey.
Rent-A-Bike
Bicycles and motorbikes also offer inexpensive and fun ways to explore the island. There is a shared bike system in the city and its surroundings and other bike rentals are also available along the hotel stretch of BatuFerringhi.
E-Hailing Services
Apps such as Grab is available in Penang. Simply download the app to start booking your trips. Payment is either by cash or credit/debit card.
Frequently Asked Question
When and where is APUF-7 being held?
The venue for APUF-7 is the SETIA Spice Convention Centre, Penang, Malaysia, from 15-17 October 2019.
Is there a registration fee?
There will be no fee attached to online registrations.  
Who is organising APUF-7?
The co-organizers of APUF-7 are United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN-Habitat and Urbanice Malaysia. The host city is the City Council of Penang Island.
How can I get a visa to enter Malaysia?
For visa requirement information, please visit the Forum website (https://www.apuf7.org/practical#travel). Please be informed that all registrants and participants are responsible on their own to obtain entry visa into Malaysia. The co-organizers will not be able to assist with visa matters unless the participants are officially invited and sponsored.
Who is eligible to register?
APUF-7 is a multi-stakeholder event aiming to attract diverse constituents all with an interest in sustainable urban development. Participants will include distinguished guests, senior level policy decision makers from Government, civil society representatives, community-based organisations, academic institutions, financial development institutions, the private sector, bilateral agencies, and international organisations.
How can I submit application for the Side Events?
The Side Events (Urban Innovation Sessions) are 60-90 minutes in length and being held across all three days. These sessions will discuss the overall theme of APUF-7 and aim to showcase initiatives and development solutions to accelerate the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Any stakeholder may submit an application to organise an Urban Innovation Session. Requests are limited to ONE application per institution or entity. Proposed sessions should be closely related to APUF-7 thematics and should be open to all Forum participants. Call for proposals are currently open until 8 July 2019. Please submit a proposal via the APUF-7 website (https://www.apuf7.org/programme/urban-innovation). Criteria for the proposals, instructions, and details about the proposals which are most likely to be accepted can be found in the Urban Innovation Guidebook (Click here to download).
How can I register to participate?
You are able to register online by following the registration link on the APUF-7 website (https://meetings.unescap.org/auth/login.html). Registration is conducted through the UN ESCAP meetings website. If you do not have an account you will need to create one by selecting the ‘Sign Up’ option. If you have previously used this platform then you can proceed to log in and register.
How do I register for the Exhibition?
The Exhibition (City Solutions Pavilion) allows individual organizations to showcase their projects, knowledge products and initiatives in a free flow interactive environment which supports bilateral networking. The Forum will allow all participants to view the Exhibition from 15 to 17 October 2019. Depending on the size of the booth, organizations can also hold smaller scale events at the space and larger exhibitions can be accommodated in the arena.
Registrations for an exhibition booth are not yet finalised. Please refer back to the APUF-7 website for further updates. Registrations will incur a fee.
What does the programme for APUF-7 look like?
APUF-7 will provide multiple platforms for comprehensive discussion which will engage all stakeholders or participants. APUF-7 programme structure includes the following:
  1. Assemblies – Self-organised meetings of stakeholder groups, serving as an opportunity for each constituency to share their experiences.
  2. Opening Session – 90 minutes opening of the Forum, involving keynotes and the launch of the Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019.
  3. High-level roundtable – 60 minutes interactive dialogue on Day 1.
  4. Leader’s Dialogues – 4 x 90 minutes events throughout the three days.
  5. Deep Dive Discussion – 90 minutes parallel seminars to define future policy actions. 16 sessions in total, 4 for each thematic track.
  6. City Solutions Pavilion – Individual organisations showcase their projects or experiences.
  7. Urban breakfasts – 60 minutes morning receptions on Days 2 and 3.
  8. Hosted receptions – 120 minutes evening reception for networking and launching of publications.
  9. Declare your actions! – 60 minutes session on Day 3 to synthesise the various high level commitments and establish a review process.
  10. Closing session – 30 minutes session to conclude APUF-7.
Who will be speaking at APUF-7?
Speakers are yet to be announced. Please refer back to the APUF-7 website for updates.
Is accommodation for APUF-7 participants provided?
Participants are required to make their own arrangements for accommodation. We have four partner hotels. Please refer to the Accommodation section on the website for promo codes and details about these hotels.
Save the date!
Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019