The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is reporting a big uplift in business year-on-year on the back of 1.2m visitors to the venue in the first six months of 2018.
The Centre has this year hosted one of its biggest events ever – the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) and, thereafter, an additional 637 events in the first six months of the year.
The economic impact delivered by these events totals RM526m (US$130m) to Malaysia. The figures reflect 90 more events or a 17% rise, and and an additional 530,000 delegates and visitors (a 79% increase), compared to the corresponding period last year.
The Centre’s general manager, Alan Pryor said: “50% of our events in the first six months were repeat business and played a significant role in the 17% jump in number of events hosted this year compared to 2017. We are fortunate to have such a strong base of loyal recurrent clients we consider them part of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family.”
He added that he was “delighted” by the strong performance and focused on maintaining momentum as his team prepares for the opening of the expansion in July 2019, which will provide an additional 11,000sqm of events space.”
Upcoming events in the second half of 2018 include: the World Engineering, Science & Technology Congress (ESTCON) 2018; International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 2018; International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) International Conference 2018; International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2018; World Cancer Congress 2018; Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA) Congress 2018, and more.
“There are many reasons for our success in the first half of 2018, but two to highlight are the contribution of our team and our ongoing focus on strengthening industry partnerships,” said Pryor.
“Industry collaboration underway include the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Business Events Alliance (KLCCBEA); Maritz Global Educational; the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)/Incentive, Conference & Event Society (ICESAP) Knowledge Exchange and the Union of International Associations (UIA) Round Table Asia-Pacific,” he added.