KUALA Lumpur Convention Centre has announced the confirmation of 10 new events for 2014-2016 with an expected total attendance of more than 10,000 delegates.
The bid wins include two national, three regional and five international meetings namely: the Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres International Conference 2014; Asian Banker Summit 2014; 16th Asian Congress of Architects 2014; 18th Asia Oil & Gas Conference 2015; Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) Conference 2015; and International Forum on Disability Management 2016.
Alan Pryor, the centre’s general manager, attributed the wins to international associations and meeting planners’ continuing confidence in Malaysia as an attractive and value-for-money destination for business tourism, and the centre as the country’s premier convention facility.
He said in a statement: “The wins come on the back of a record-breaking performance in 2013 (during) which the Centre closed on a high with 1,565 events, the most (events) held in a year since opening in June 2005; with high-profile meetings the likes of the 3rd Women Deliver Global Conference, 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, 35th Asia Pacific Dental Congress and 2013 International Dragon Award Annual Conference.”
In addition to an 8.5 per cent jump in the number of events hosted, the venue welcomed two million delegates who contributed RM700 million (US$217.8 million) in economic impact against 1.7 million delegates and RM590 million in the previous corresponding period (2012).
For 2014, among the major international events heading the centre’s way are XXV FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Congress 2014, which will be held in June; 20th ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress, which will also be held in June and Toastmasters International’s 82nd Annual International Convention 2014 in August. This will be the first time in the organisation’s 89-year history its international convention is being held outside North America.
These three events alone are likely to attract over 7,500 delegates to the centre.