Frankfurt, 19 April 2016 – In an effort to increase cooperation and foster greater ties with international professional conference organisers and to enhance the growth and professional development of Malaysia’s business events industry supply chain, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has formed a collaborative partnership with the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).
According to Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager, the partnership will see the Centre working closely with IAPCO to create greater awareness of Malaysia’s multi-cultural diversity and extensive business events offerings amongst their 114 members across 40 countries. In line with this, “we (the Centre) will be hosting the IAPCO Council Meeting to be held in September 2017 and look forward to showcasing our strategic location - right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre, our ‘purpose-built’ facility and world-class service delivery, and of course, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s USPs (unique selling propositions) as a premier business events destination.”
Welcoming the Centre to the IAPCO family, Jan Tonkin, the newly elected President of IAPCO, said, “it’s a personal mission of mine to strengthen ties between IAPCO and the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a twofold opportunity: as well as profiling IAPCO to organisations, venues and bureaux in Asia Pacific, I’m looking forward to profiling the strength of the Asia-Pacific industry, and the extraordinary work being done in this region, to the rest of the world. Our existing relationship with the Centre endorses our enthusiasm for the region. The Centre are keen supporters of IAPCO, not only by being a Convention Centre Partner, but also by hosting our IAPCO Council Meeting in 2017, providing an opportunity for key opinion leaders to view their excellent facilities first-hand.”
“We are very excited about this partnership and commend IAPCO’s on-going efforts in raising the standard of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. The alliance also reinforces our position as Malaysia’s premier convention facility and one of Asia Pacific’s leading meetings venues. We are confident this relationship will influence and encourage (IAPCO) members to come and experience Malaysia’s famed hospitality and look forward to our first IAPCO members’ get-together at IMEX Frankfurt to get the ball rolling,” added Pryor.
Speaking on the sidelines of IMEX (Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events) Frankfurt 2016, Pryor said the tradeshow is an excellent occasion to “expand our long-standing association with our Europe-based clients.
“Europe has always been, and continues to be, one of our key traditional target markets and IMEX provides an important avenue to foster and strengthen our relationships with Europe-based organisers and to share our range of flexible, innovative and value-add solutions directly with them.”
Pryor cited 12 confirmed high-profile Europe-based events as an indication of the continuing importance of the European market (to the Centre). “To be held between 2016 and 2019, the 12 (events) are expected to attract close to 17,000 delegates and visitors. Of these, we will welcome three – the 10th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2016, 13th International VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) Symposium 2016 and 34th SCAR Meetings and Open Science Conference 2016 – this year. In addition, we continue to look at every opportunity to add to this list.”
This year (2016) is the 10-year old Centre’s 10th consecutive attendance at IMEX Frankfurt and we look forward to seeing you at BOOTH B200, Messe Frankfurt.
For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com
For further information, please contact:
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Tel: +603 2333 2888
Fax: +603 2333 2882
Charles Chaplin or Listiari Suyanto
TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603 6203 4300
Fax: +603 6203 5972
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About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.
A winner of numerous awards, this world-class facility is wholly-owned by Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).
The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, EarthCheck Bronze status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels. It is also the first in Asia to receive the ‘Gold’ AIPC Quality Standards certification.
Comprising two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 12,310 sqm of Exhibition Halls including a 2,600 sqm standalone marquee, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, the Centre provides 22,659 sqm of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.