Association meetings aid KLCC's post-pandemic recovery

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International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Congress 2022 at the KLCC Delegates at the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Congress 2022 Photo Credit: KLCC supplied

Malaysia’s most iconic meeting venue has enjoyed a post-Pandemic bounce with revenues for the year expected to hit around 90 per cent of its 2019 performance.

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has hosted 360,000 delegates at more than 1,350 events this year – smashing its 2022 revenues target by 40 per cent.

The results mean the venue – famous for its twin towers – has contributed RM285m (€60m) to the Malaysian economy this year. Forward bookings have already hit 50 per cent of the 2023 target.

Alan Pryor, the Centre’s general manager, said: “We are delighted that the industry is enthusiastic and keen to attend in-person events again, which is positively contributing to the strong bounce back of meetings and events in Malaysia. Seeing international conventions and exhibitions, either returning to or choosing Malaysia for the first time, reaffirms our attractive destination proposition.”

He added: “We have noticed more international exhibitors requesting site-visits for their upcoming meetings, we look forward to welcoming more international meetings and events moving forward, having just successfully delivered the much-awaited International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Congress 2022.”

Carola van der Hoeff, COO & congress director at the Netherlands-based International Pharmaceutical Federation, visited the Centre earlier this year for a site inspection.

She said: “The venue is impressive, with a lot to offer associations with international conferences. The rooms are very spacious and there is great support from the team, and, of course, the food is delicious. Another thing worth highlighting is that all the hotels are closely connected to the Centre and there are excellent shopping options and a great park right on the doorstep of the venue, which delegates can enjoy while here.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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