Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Will Expand, Celebrates 10 Years
Groundwork on the purpose-built Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) expansion at the adjacent Lot 91 officially is underway as the Centre celebrates a decade in business this year.
“We are thrilled to reveal that groundwork began in late April, and we expect the expansion to be completed in 2018,” said general manager Alan Pryor.
Lot 91 will be a mixed commercial development comprising of office tower, convention centre and retail podium. The project has a prime location within KLCC Precinct and has been designed for seamless integration with the existing Centre.
When operational, the extension will provide an additional 10,000 square meters of flexible and multipurpose space to the Centre’s current 22,659 sq. m. This will allow the facility to comfortably accommodate larger international association meetings and concurrent events.
“For many current clients, the expansion will enable them to grow their activities and/or events significantly.” Pryor said. “This development will also play an important part in the future of the Centre and the events that it hosts, as such we are very happy that the announcement of the expansion coincides with our 10th anniversary.”
The Centre’s 10th anniversary arrives on the back of a milestone 2014 with 1,759 events hosted, an 11 percent increase, compared with the previous record of 1,565 in 2013.
Delegate numbers also were up accordingly, to more than 1.97 million, compared with 1.96 million in 2013.
The Centre now has hosted 10,408 events and welcomed more than 18.1 million delegates and visitors (as at 30 April 2015), since opening in June 2005. During that time, the Centre has also contributed more than RM5.7 billion (EUR1.4 billion) in economic impact to Malaysia and provided an invaluable platform for knowledge transfer through the many high-profile events hosted.
“Recognising the significant role team members, suppliers, stakeholders and clients have played in the Centre’s 10 years of success, we have put together a year-long programme of activities to thank them,” Pryor said. “These include staff appreciation and Corporate Responsibility events, marketing and promotional packages and most recently the launch of our Professional Development Grant, which aims to grow the next generation of local meetings industry leaders into ‘Malaysian Ambassadors’.”
Among the high-profile events on the Centre’s 2015 roster are the European-based Global Food Safety Conference 2015 (800 delegates); 18th Human Genome Meeting (HGM) 2015 (400 delegates); International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Beacon Conference 2015 (350 delegates) and other international heavyweights such as the 26th ASEAN Summit 2015 (1,600 delegates); Global Round World Scholar Cup 2015 (2,000 delegates); International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) 2015 (1,500 delegates); Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) 2015 (1,500 delegates); Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) 2015 (500 delegates); Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology 2015 (800 delegates); 27th ASEAN Summit 2015 (3,000 delegates) and ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Society (AFES) 2015 (1,500 delegates).