Kuala Lumpur Eyes More Exhibition Space
The Malaysian government has expressed its interest to expand the number of exhibition venues in order to attract more world-class events. Comments were made by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, at the launch of KL Metropolis, a US$4.9 billion international trade and exhibition district in Kuala Lumpur developed by Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd.
The KL Metropolis site will be home to the US$185 million Matrade Centre – a new venue containing three floors of exhibition space with 11 large-sized exhibition halls, a multi-purpose hall, meeting and conference rooms. According to government officials, the venue will be eight times the size of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Construction will reportedly begin by the end of this year, with completion expected in October 2014.
Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said, “There is demand, if you talk to KLCC and PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre). To host world-class events, we need to have international centres. Exhibition is big business. We are catching up and we can do more. Kuala Lumpur now only has four covered exhibition halls considered at international level with a total space of only 56,000 square meters.”