Putting all into the job

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Ooi giving a speech at the Tourism Malaysia Australia Roadshow in Melbourne.

What is required of a woman today to create an effective organisation, and sell and market new ideas? According to managing director of Penang Global Tourism Ooi Geok Ling, it’s all about striving to excel, strong personal convictions and staying focused.

It is a dog eat dog world in sales. But whether you’re selling concrete or a destination, the same values ought to be present, such as honesty, perseverance and a strong sense of duty. That is the conviction of Ooi Geok Ling, the managing director of Penang Global Tourism (PGT), which the state bureau set up six years ago to promote tourism for the state.

I met up with Ooi in July for a chat and found myself instantly inspired by her tenacity. Indeed, running a bureau that has the very heavy and exciting task of taking to a higher level an industry that is vital to Penang’s economic future is not for the faint-hearted.


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