Malaysia improved her position in the ICCA (International Convention & Conference Association) Global Ranking 2014 (ICCA Report 2014), jumping five places to 30th out of 115 countries.
The country also reaffirmed her credentials in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region with a seventh placing, up two positions from the previous year.
Applauding Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur’s improved performance, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor said this showed that Malaysia’s hard work in attracting high-level international meetings is gaining traction and “we commend Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) for their efforts.”
Pryor was also delighted that, of the 79 meetings held in the city, the 14 held at the Centre accounted for 51%, or 24,484, of the 48,341 delegate turnout.
“This is a testament to the Centre’s capability to successfully host large-scale, high-profile events and reinforces our reputation as Malaysia’s premier convention facility and a leading meetings venue in Asia-Pacific.”
Among the events held at the venue last year were the Million Dollar Round Table Experience, GAMA International’s LAMP Asia, Offshore Technology Conference Asia, International Petroleum Technology Conference and three ‘firsts’ for the Centre and Malaysia which were Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) National Conference, Toastmasters International’s 83rd Annual International Convention and XXV FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Congress.
“Moving forward,” continued Pryor, “we look to continuing our collaboration and cooperation with Tourism Malaysia and MyCEB as well as other Team Malaysia partners – Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Malaysia Airports and Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL), to attract more international meetings to the city and country and in turn, grow Malaysia’s business tourism footprint globally.”
Since opening in June 2005, the Centre has hosted 10,408 events with over 19.5 million delegates and visitors and in turn, contributed approximately RM5.7 billion in economic impact to Kuala Lumpur city and the country.
The ICCA Report 2014 ranked Kuala Lumpur (KL) the 28th (up two places from 2013) most popular city, out of 400, for international meetings. KL also leapfrogged Asia-Pacific and Middle East counterparts Bangkok, Shanghai and Dubai to improve on her regional city ranking by two positions, to seventh.
ICCA is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries worldwide. ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.
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