International Symposium on Festivals and Celebrations

11 February 2019, Monday

Bayview Hotel, George Town, Penang

Festivals are part of one’s custom, culture and tradition. They are there for us to celebrate, helping us forget our mundane daily routine. Celebrating a community event gives us some momentary, mental and physical relaxation which frees us from the shackles of monotonous work. Festivals are like glue that keeps us attached to relationships in society. When we are together as family members, friends, and individuals in society, it creates a sense of unity which gives us the strength to face all kinds of challenges in life. 

Festivals are an expression of community identity which celebrate and sustain glorious heritage, culture and traditions. They are meant to create special moments and keep individuals attached to relationships in society distracting them from the monotony of day to day life, connecting them with family concerns, past legends, contemporary knowledge and traditions, which are passed on to the next generation. They bring social and economic benefits to the host community and at the same time may result in some negative consequences. As they have become an important part of our life this symposium intends to bring together interested researchers to share ideas and findings on festivals and celebrations while having a special section on balik kampung (homecoming) as a collective practice in a multicultural society in the hope of generating sustainable interest in multi-ethnic festivity as a common ground for social integration. We plan to publish selected papers as a contribution to a discourse on tourism as a tool for national integration.

The sub-themes for the symposium are:

1. Festivals and celebrations
2. Returning home 'Balik kampung'
3. Visiting friends and relatives (VFR)
4. Local hospitality
5. Community Involvement
6. Local Wisdom
7. Event Management
8. Travel Experience
9. Tourist Space
10. Cross Border Tourism
11. Any related theme and topic

Important Dates 

Abstract Submission 15 December 2018
Abstract Acceptance 31 December 2018
Full Paper Submission 15 January 2019
Registration and Payment of Fees 31 January 2019
Symposium 11 February 2019

Full Paper

Full paper not exceeding 6 pages (including the references) in English or Bahasa Melayu, using Times New Roman, font size 12, 2.5cm left and right margins, 1.5 spacing in MS Word Format

Please submit all submissions to:
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Publication Opportunities

- All accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings
- Selected papers will be invited for:
   • Scopus indexed journal publication
   • Book chapter publication by USM press and UUM Press

 

Venue

Bayview Hotel
George Town, Penang


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Tentative Programme

Note: The definite Program schedule will be mailed to all delegates after the last date of registration

08:00am Registration
09:15am Inaugural session: Keynote speech by speakers
10:15am Tea Break
10.45am Parallel Session I
01.00pm Lunch
02.15pm Parallel Session II
03.45pm Tea Break
04.00pm Parallel Session III
05.30pm Certificate Distribution & Closing

 

Registration Fee

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Payment Methods

  1. Go to http://e-com.uum.edu.my/bend/paymode.jsp
  2. Follow all required steps as instructed.
  3. Note : for 'Payment For' choose ‘other payment’  
  4. Note : for 'Description' key in 'EMS2018'
  5. Please make sure you print the receipt as a proof of payment. Please save or scan the copy and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Transfer should be made to the following account:
Account Name: UNIVERSITI UTARA MALAYSIA
Account No.: 02093010000010
Bank Name: BANK ISLAM MALAYSIA BERHAD
Please write a remark "REGISTRATION FEE FOR EMS2018"

Please forward a scanned copy of the proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for us to verify the transaction.

All cheques/local orders should be made payable to "UNIVERSITI UTARA MALAYSIA".
Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Kindly indicate your name and contact number at the back of the cheque and send it to:

Event Managemnet Research Unit
School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.

Kindly note that NO International Cheque will be accepted.

Registration fees inclusive of symposium materials, certificate, lunch and tea breaks on the symposium day.

Cancellation Policy

Conference registrants cancelling their registration on or before 30th October 2018 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a USD85 administrative fee. Please note: No refunds will be given after 30th October 2018. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us

Event Managemnet Research Unit
School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.

1. Ms. Nur Yuhainis Amirnudin
[email protected]
+60 12-435 2158 or +604 653 6777

2. Ms. Asmahany Ramely
[email protected]
+604928 8188


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