KUALA LUMPUR Convention Centre is preparing to host 117 events this year including more than 20 high-profile global conferences and exhibitions following the reopening of Malaysia’s international borders.
Ten conventions and 13 exhibitions figure in the centre’s roster through to December as the venue welcomes back delegates and transitions from primarily virtual formats to in-person events.
“We are delighted to welcome international clients and delegates back to the centre after a long break,” Alan Pryor, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s general manager.
“We have recently hosted a few site visits for upcoming international conferences and are currently very focused on helping our clients, event organisers, visitors and guests safely and comfortably transition into organising and attending physical meetings and events. While the standard operating procedures are more relaxed now, our priority on safety and hygiene remains,” Pryor said.
The overall business pie has shrunk making competition stiffer and price wars more aggressive. Malaysia needs strong, compelling policies and strategies to capitalise on the destination’s attractive proposition
Alan Pryor – the Centre’s general manager
International events on the way to the venue in 2022 include International Congress on Infectious Diseases; International Conference on Tropical Agriculture; International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium; Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium; 3rd Asia Optometric Congress 2022; International Medical Exhibition & Conference (IMEC EXPO); International Café & Beverage Show; Control World Expo, Oil & Gas Asia, and International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition.
“International meetings and exhibitions are important to Malaysia and its business events and hospitality sectors,” Pryor added.
“The reopening of our international borders will accelerate the country’s economic rebound, but we are returning to a tough business events landscape.
“The overall business pie has shrunk making competition stiffer and price wars more aggressive. Malaysia needs strong, compelling policies and strategies to capitalise on the destination’s attractive proposition to set itself apart from neighbouring competitors and help entice more international events to come to our shores.”
Main image: Organisers from the International Congress on Infectious Diseases on a site inspection to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre with Alan Pryor (second from right) next to deputy general manager John Burke as refreshments are served in the venue’s service lift