International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO



     Cititel Hotel, Penang

     31 July – 6 August 2016

Local Arrangements — Second Notice 

The 4th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA 2016) will be held at CITITEL Hotel that is situated in the heart of George Town, the capital city of Penang [see  for location of the hotel].

Conference Registration Fee

(including 2 coffee breaks and buffet lunch for 6 days, program booklet, conference bag and ID)



Early bird fee

(1 February to 1 April 2016)

Regular Fee

( by 30 June 2016)

Students (Local/ International) with valid identification

RM 280.00

RM 320.00

Non-students (Local/ Southeast Asia)

RM 550.00

RM 600.00

Non-students (International)

USD 170.00

USD 200.00

Note: USD 170 is approximately equivalent to RM 731; USD 200 is approximately equivalent to RM 860 (exchange rate might change in July 2016).

Currency (as of January 2016, the rate may change in July 2016)

1USD = 4.3 Ringgit

1 Euro = 4.8 Ringgit


Information about Registration and Payment

1.All participants are requested to register online using the USM conference website


2. Register at the REGISTRATION section


3. Registration for Excursions: Click on  REGISTER  EXCURSIONS HERE and select walk.


4. Payments can be made at the section on FEES


E-mail Contact in case of problems:


5. Presenters are requested to register as a member of ICTM prior to the symposium. ICTM membership may be paid directly to the ICTM Secretariat at:


Equipment available for the symposium:


PC Laptop with Microsoft Powerpoint software with attached projector, screen and sound system.

The symposium will be held in a large multipurpose room on the Third Floor of the hotel.


Note: participants may bring his/her own laptop for their powerpoint

Presentation. Please let us know well in advance if special equipment is required for your

Presentation (



3 August  2016 will be set aside for excursions.


 Guided tour of George Town and introduction to its multicultural history by trained guides. Two types of walks will be available. Please choose one when you register online so that we can book guides ahead of time.

Payment for guided tour: RM 30 per walk per person (to be paid during the conference registration). 



Journey of Harmony (3 hours, morning of 3 August 2016)

This walk leads you to explore and experience five historical religious sites in the heritage enclave of George Town, namely the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Acheen Street Mosque,  Kapitan Keling Mosque,  Church of St George the Martyr, and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Within each religious compound, the residents socialized, obtained spiritual education, and practiced acts of welfare and charity, and found solace. The built and living environment within each compound ensures the continuity of each community’s beliefs, rituals, language, philosophy, aesthetics and values.



Little India and the Spice Trail (2 hours, morning of 3 August 2016)

Spices have been widely used in the cooking of the various ethnic groups in Penang and the rest of Malaysia. The spice trail will introduce participants to  the history of spice trade in Penang, an important port of call for ships since the eighteenth century. Participants can also learn about the various spices and their application in health, food and religious practices by visiting a traditional spice grinding shop, Tropical Spice Garden shop in the city and other spice shops, and the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple  located at Little India.


2.  For those who wish to explore the beautiful island, we recommend the Hop-on Hop off Bus tour. Please buy your own tickets as you get on the bus. Cost RM 45 for a full day. (Any time of the day)

See for the route map and other information.  




Penang has an international airport that is connected directly to some cities in the region such as Hong Kong and Bangkok.  Most participants will have to fly into Kuala Lumpur and take a connecting flight to Penang (flight time 50 minutes). Besides the national carrier Malaysia Airlines, budget airlines such as Air Asia, Firefly or Malindo Air also fly from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.

Each participant will be responsible for his/her own transportation from the airport to the hotel and to the conference location.  Official taxis from the airport to the city will cost about RM 40.  There are also public buses (RM2-3) from the airport to the city. You can catch the bus outside of the terminal.  Information about buses and taxis from the airport to the city can be obtained at:

There are also buses (4-5 hours) or electric trains (3-4 hours) connecting Kuala Lumpur to Penang. For information about the electric train to Penang, see Travel time for the electric train is about 3-4 hours. The train stops in Butterworth (mainland), there is ferry service from the train station to the island.

For a reliable bus service from Kuala Lumpur to Penang see:

Tickets for both can be bought online.

Visa Requirements

Please check the website to see if a visa to enter Malaysia is required:

Stay connected

The Conference hotel will provide free wireless Internet during the conference and in the rooms. Local SIM cards for mobile phones can be purchased in most shops.

Where to Stay 

There are many hotels of different categories in the city of George Town that are close to the conference hotel.  Participants are required to make their own bookings directly with the hotel that they wish to stay in (including the conference hotel).  We encourage participants to book early; you might be able to get better rates through or  Also the first week of August coincides with the George Town Heritage Festival and hotels tend to be fully booked at that time. Some suggestions include:

Conference Hotel [4 Star]:


Address: 66 Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang

Phone: +604-291 1188

Fax: + 604-370 1185


For the special conference rates, email directly to En Sufi Omar:

or telephone: 604-291 1024 ext 8324



[Special conference rates]

Standard Room (with 1breakfast)                     RM 228.00 + RM 3.00 nett

Standard Room (with 2 breakfasts)                  RM 246.00 + RM 3.00 nett

Superior Room (with 1 breakfast)                    RM 257.00 + RM 3.00 nett

Superior Room (with 2 breakfasts)                   RM 275.00 + RM 3.00 nett

Deluxe Room (with 1 breakfast)                      RM 286.00 + RM 3.00 nett

Deluxe Room (with 2 breakfasts)                     RM 404.00 + RM 3.00 nett



Other Hotels in the Vicinity

Rates might change next year.


Name          :     Bayview Georgetown Hotel (4 star)

Address      :     25-A Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang

Phone         :     +604-2633161

Fax             :     +604-2634124         

Email          :

Rate           :     Standard room : RM236.20 nett (without breakfast)


Name          :     Yeng Keng Hotel  (boutique hotel, 4 star)

Address      :     362, Chulia Street, Georgetown 10200 Penang

Phone         :     +604-2622177

Fax             :     +604-2623177         

Email          :

Rate           :     Standard room : RM286.00 nett (with breakfast)


Name          :     Banana Boutique Hotel (4 star)

Address      :     No 422, Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown Penang

Phone         :     +604-2610718

Fax             :     +604-2610771         

Email          :

Rate           :     Standard room : RM174.90 nett (with breakfast)


Name          :     Hotel Continental Penang (3 star)

Address      :     5, Penang Road, 10000 Pulau Pinang

Phone         :     +604-2636388

Fax             :     +604-2638718         

Email          :

Rate           :     Standard Room : RM140.00 nett (with breakfast)


Name          :     Hotel Malaysia Penang (3 star)

Address      :     7 Penang Road, 10000 Pulau Pinang

Phone         :     +604-2633311

Fax             :     +604-2631621      

Email          :

Rate           :     Standard Room : RM140.00 nett (with breakfast)


Budget Hotels


Name:               Ryokan Chic Hostel (2 Star)

Address:           62, Jalan Muntri, George Town, Malaysia


Standard room:  RM 102 per night with breakfast


Name          :     Syok at Chulia Street

Address      :     458, Chulia Street, 10200 Georgetown Penang


Rate           :     Standard Room:  RM50.00 nett (include breakfast)


Name:               Red Inn Heritage Guesthouse

Address:           15, Love Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang.

Phone :            +(604) 261 3931   

Website :

Rate:                Standard room: from RM 50.00 per night.

For other budget hotels see: