Eleven European-based international association events delivered almost RM50m (US$11.9m) in economic impact to Malaysia in 2018. The events attracted 11,960 delegates and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), Malaysia’s purpose-built AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue.
The association events were among the Centre’s 1,189 held during the year to 31 October 2018. In total there were 1.85m participants contributing RM788m in economic impact to the country at the full range of events in the first 10 months of 2018.
Events hosted in 2018 included the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting 2018, IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) Asia Conference & Showcase 2018, World Congress of SIVA-TCI (World Society of Intravenous Anaesthesia Onlus -Target Controlled Infusion) 2018, World Cancer Congress 2018, ISQua (International Society for Quality in Health Care) International Conference 2018, ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) World Congress 2018, International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region Congress (IDF-WPR) 2018, International Rubber Conference 2018, and UIA (Union of International Associations) Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2018.
Speaking on the sidelines of its 12th consecutive attendance at IBTM World 2018, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, said: “We are excited to be attending IBTM World on the back of hosting a record number of international association meetings in 2018. We are especially looking forward to showcasing Malaysia as an ideal and very affordable business events destination, and sharing our latest developments, including our brand new 11,000sqm expansion, which opens mid next year.”