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Lets GEDTogether!

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) team members gathered recently to ‘take one for the album’, as they joined venues and industry players around the world in celebrating Global Exhibitions Day 2018 (#GED18).

According to the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, “We are honoured to participate in the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s (UFI) #GED18 to celebrate the power of the exhibition industry and the positive impact it has on job creation, business growth, trade and investment, as well the economic stimulation it drives in various industry sectors.”

Elaborating on the Centre’s exhibition segment performance, Pryor, shared, “Since opening, we have successfully hosted 909 exhibitions which welcomed close to 19.4 million visitors. Last year alone, we held 59 exhibitions with an attendance of over 1.4 million visitors. Of this, 73% or 43 exhibitions were recurrent clients. Long-standing exhibitions like BookFest, HOMEDEC, ARCHIDEX and Star Education Fair continue to be the backbone of our yearly business calendar. All of these have grown significantly with us over the years, making consecutive appearances or hosting every edition with us since opening in June 2005. We consider them part of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family and look forward to sharing many more memories together.”

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Win Third Consecutive Accolade At rAWr Awards 2017

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) scored a ‘hattrick’ at the recent rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards 2017, when the venue was announced winner (for the third consecutive time) of the ‘Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award For Excellence’.

Speaking on the Centre’s success at the rAWr Awards Ceremony, Deputy General Manager, John Burke, conveyed, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious accolade for the third time and are honoured to be amongst such esteemed finalists and industry leaders.”

He continued, “This award is testament to the commitment, professionalism and dedication of our highly knowledgeable and professional team members. We work hard to successfully deliver innovative and value-add solutions that are customised and designed to create bespoke experiences, as well as memorable customer journeys, for clients across the board. It also further reinforces our position as Malaysia’s premier facility and one of Asia Pacific’s leading meeting venues.”

Burke also congratulated Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) on this initiative, which encourages and recognises excellence among business events industry players, as a way to continuously improve standards within the local, regional and global meetings industry.

Launched in 2013, the biennial rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards is a joint initiative between MyCEB and MACEOS recognising business events industry players. Judged by a panel of independent industry experts within the Asian region, this year’s awards celebrated the prestigious talents, dedication and innovation behind the years of successful venues & events, conventions, exhibitions and incentive travel. For more information on the rAWr Awards 2017, click here.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.


The Centre Wins Highest Number of Medals at Culinaire Malaysia 2017

It was a sweet victory for the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) Culinary Team when they bagged The Most Outstanding Team in Culinary, Most Outstanding Chef, Most Outstanding Artist and Most Outstanding Apprentice at the recent Culinaire Malaysia 2017!

The team recorded its highest number of medals won at the competition, which it has now competed in 5 times, with 10 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze medals reflecting the Centre’s continuous commitment in developing and nurturing young talent with world-class culinary skills.

The 26 junior chefs proved their mettle in skills, creativity, quality, delivery and presentation as the team won gold in ‘Ethnic Malay Cuisine’, ‘5-course Western Set Menu’, ‘Plated Appetiser’, ‘Buffet Platter’ and ‘Selection of Tapas’ categories, among others.

“We are proud of our junior chefs and these tremendous wins they brought home! Unlike other years when we entered with a full team, this year we gave the opportunity to our junior chefs as it exposes them to higher standards of food safety, hygiene, time management and food presentation skills. The record-breaking victory clearly showcased our junior team’s skill and level of commitment,” commented a delighted Chef Hisham, the Centre’s Executive Chef.

To prepare themselves, the 26 junior chefs began their groundwork some three months prior to the competition under the guidance of their more experienced head chefs to ensure everything from conceptualisation of proportion, taste, colour, texture and cutting were perfect when the time came.

The competing team was led by Chef Nur Mohammad Bin Zahar, Hot Production Sous Chef; Chef Fairus Raudzi bin Mohamad Jabar, Garde Manger Chef; Chef Amir Mohamad, Malay Chef, Chef Dzulkarnaen bin Amiruddin, Pastry Chef and Chef Patrick Ooi, Chinese Banquet Chef.

Playing host since 2005, the Centre once again opened its doors for Culinaire Malaysia 2017 which was held in late September. The Culinaire Malaysia 2017 brought together more than 1,000 chefs, bartenders and F&B personnel from leading hotels and restaurants, as well as students of culinary academies. It is held alongside Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM) and aims to recognise the country’s best culinary arts and food and beverage service skills.

Cookie Monsters Converge on the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


The Centre Hosts 10th Consecutive Charity Buka Puasa

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) embraced the Ramadan spirit of sadaqah (giving) at its 10th annual buka puasa gathering recently. This year, the Centre welcomed 100 children from Living Hope* and Yayasan Generasi Gemilang* (GG), as well as 50 National Kidney Foundation (NKF)* Malaysia patients and their families to an evening of fun and festivities.

Kicking off the exciting gathering, the Centre’s award-winning chefs, team members and media friends led the young VIPs in decorating giant ‘Hari Raya-themed’ cookies with colourful royal icing, sprinkles, chocolate buttons and an assortment of other delicious toppings! All guests were then treated to the Centre’s ‘Kampung Classics’, a sumptuous buka puasa feast combining contemporary and traditional favourites.

Thanking the Centre for hosting this annual treat, GG Founder, Mr Daniel Tan, shared, “The Centre outdo themselves every year, bringing joy and smiles to the children with their creative and fun activities. The Centre’s fun-filled activities and delicious feast is always one of the children’s top Ramadan moments.”

Congratulating the Centre on their 10th annual buka puasa gathering, Founder and Chairman of Living Hope, Dr Peggy Wong, said “We have been a part of the Centre’s buka puasa festivities since 2008 and every year, the bond between the Centre’s team members and the children deepens. It is always wonderful to see an organisation like the Centre sharing the festive season with the underprivileged and the children love coming to the Centre’s buka puasa treat, especially those (children) who are breaking fast outside the home for the first time.”

Elaborating on the special occasion, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, explained, “It is always a pleasure to host this event. The children’s smiles and laughter not only warms our hearts, but also brightens up the venue. We are proud to celebrate the hosting of our 10th buka puasa and we look forward to many more years of partnership with Living Hope, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Living Hope on their 10th anniversary. I applaud their success in making a difference for poor, needy and marginalised children living in Malaysia. Their efforts to inspire hope for a better future for underprivileged children is truly commendable,” concluded Pryor.

The delightful night ended with Alan Pryor and the senior management team handing out sweet treats courtesy of the Culinary team, and duit raya to the young VIPs from Living Hope and GG, as well as NKF patients and their families.

*Living Hope is a charitable organisation whose mission is to provide food and education and to act as an education resource centre for children from hardcore poor families around the country.

*Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (GG) is a foundation whose vision is inspired by Love to raise an exemplary next generation and empower families.  Our mission is to improve the lives of under-served children and families by increasing access to quality education.  These are children and families from urban low-income and rural communities, under-served institutions and schools.  Governed by a Board of Trustees, GG is based in the Klang Valley and conducts services throughout Malaysia. 

*NKF is a non-profit charity organisation that opened the doors if its first dialysis centre at Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur in 1993. Over the years, NKF has grown tremendously with the support of many parties. NKF has expanded its role from being just a dialysis treatment provider, to becoming a one-stop national resource centre for all kidney-related matters.


Advancing Professional Development in Asia

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing Appointed to the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Asia Pacific Advisory Board

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) Director of Sales & Marketing, Angeline van den Broecke, has been appointed to the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Asia Pacific Advisory Board to help guide their global expansion.

Congratulating Angeline on her appointment, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “Angeline’s passion, professionalism and commitment to the business events industry has been rewarded with this wonderful achievement. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience from close to 20 years in the industry, including being heavily involved in the Malaysian Government’s National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) Lab process representing the business events industry. This culminated in the establishment of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) in 2009. Her experience will serve her well as a board member and then, undoubtedly help guide PCMA in achieving its regional and international goals.”

Angeline commented, “I am honoured to be presented with this opportunity and look forward to working closely with my fellow Asia Pacific board members to advance PCMA’s growth strategy in the region. The formation of the regional board provides the perfect platform for us to generate greater exposure and awareness of Asia Pacific’s advancement as an important player in the global meetings industry and with this growth comes the need for access to education and professional development programmes that can strengthen the capacity of Associations, Bureaux, Venues and more broadly, the business events industry supply chain. We see this advancement as an important part of conveying the value of the business events and this will in turn also benefit Malaysia and the Centre.”

According to PCMA Chief Operating Officer, Sherrif Karamat, “The establishment of our new European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific, Regional Advisory Boards is a signal of our intent to become the predominant global association for the business events industry. We are grateful to the board members, who all have outstanding professional reputations, for accepting our invitation to share their expertise with us.”

Sherrif continued, “I want to welcome Angeline to the PCMA family and am excited to get the Asia Pacific ball rolling. We believe our advisory boards will help us refine our regional strategies and are very confident that the chosen members will guide us in our rollout of educational products and services that will benefit the business events industry.”

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry. With more than 6,500 members and 50,000 customers in 37 countries, PCMA drives innovation through risk taking, research and data driven decision making.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Strengthens Team

The Centre Welcomes John Burke As New Deputy General Manager

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is proud to announce the appointment of John Burke as its new Deputy General Manager. Burke is a senior venue operations professional with over 25 years’ experience working across all areas of venue and event management including leadership, commercial management, construction liaison, vendor management, programme management, facility operations & engineering, and audio visual (AV) & technical systems infrastructure & development.

Welcoming Burke to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared “We are delighted to have John onboard. We are confident that the Centre will benefit immensely from his strong technology background to further enhance our state-of-the-art information technology (IT) and AV facilities to better meet our clients’ needs. We also look forward to utilising his knowledge and experience in operations to support us in delivering affordable and personalised services to our clients.”

As Deputy General Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the Centre’s day-to-day operations including managing the AV and technical services, catering, event co-ordination and exhibition services, to name a few.

Prior to joining the Centre, Burke was Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre’s (OCEC) Director of Operations, where he was responsible for event operations, AV and production, IT, building services and asset management. During the construction and pre-opening period of OCEC, he also assumed the responsibilities of Technical Services Manager, where he provided operator input on design and modifications. Before his time at OCEC, he was the Director of IT at Qatar National Convention Centre for four years.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science from Wolverhampton University, Burke kicked off his career with the NEC Group, where he gained over 15 years of comprehensive IT, technical and operational knowledge. During this time, he was involved in the infrastructure and technical design of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, the Convention Centre Dublin and LG Arena, amongst others.

Going Dark for Mother Nature

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor (centre holding a placard) and the Centre’s Director of Facilities, Chen Soo Yoong (centre holding a placard) with close to 420 team members and their families during the venue’s seventh Earth Hour gathering. The Centre joined millions of people and organisations worldwide in “going dark” on 25 March from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, in support of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

During the event, the venue not only turned off all non-essential lights but held a variety of interactive activities to further educate team members and their families on nature, the environment and the Earth Hour initiative. Pre-event, the Centre also created a ‘green quiz’ which was circulated among team members with the top four submissions winning a prize.

Speaking at the gathering, Pryor explained the Centre’s participation in the annual Earth Hour is an on-going initiative as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. “As Malaysia’s premier convention facility and Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue, we are a visible member of the business events community. We hope that our effort to raise awareness of environmental issues will inspire others, especially the younger generation, to take action beyond the 60-minute event.”

Pryor continued that the Centre was also pleased to join more than 68 AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centres in 36 cities, seven countries and four continents to celebrate their commitment to the environment under the AEG 1EARTH programme’s mission to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Goes Bollywood!

Ecstatic team members from the Operations and Human Resources divisions celebrate winning the inter-departmental competition with their ‘Dance-Versity’ performance during the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) 2017 annual dinner.

Themed ‘Bollywood’, over 300 team members transformed themselves into the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai, for an evening of glamour, camaraderie, good food, fun games, lucky draws and awards. Honours included ‘Best Talent Performance’ and ‘Best Dressed Female and Male’ for the evening, as well as awards for Perfect Attendance, Best Trainer and Best Employee for 2016.

Applauding the team members’ efforts during the evening’s festivities, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, also commended Siti Nur Syuhada Binti Meor Husnal Jamal, Information Technology (IT) Administration Assistant and Mohd Naziruddin Bin Shahar, Operations Services Supervisor – Beverage, on winning Best Dressed Female and Male respectively.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Announces Re-Opening of Additional Multi-Purpose Space Available for Bookings From 1 April 2017

Malaysia’s award-winning purpose-built AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has re-opened its semi-permanent marquee – Hall 6. Located adjacent to the Centre and connected via Exhibition Hall 5 and the Centre’s West Wing entrance, Hall 6 provides 2,600sqm of additional multi-purpose function space for the venue to provide more space and cater to its clients’ growing event size.

Elaborating on the re-opening of Hall 6, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor said, “The additional 2,600sqm allows us to address and alleviate our space constraints and accommodate larger events, especially in the exhibitions segment. Now open for bookings, Hall 6 will be available for use from 1 April 2017 until our expansion is completed. This is a welcome development for our recurrent and new clients looking to expand their events.”

Pryor continued, “There is often a perception, that as Malaysia’s premier venue, we are always fully booked, but with our flexible mindset and partnership approach, we are able to work closely with clients to find space on preferred dates and customise solutions to suit their specific needs. Similarly, there is also an assumption that we only cater to large events, however as a purpose-built facility we can accommodate events of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s an intimate gathering for 10 or a large-scale event for thousands, we are affordable and available.”

Since sharing the news of Hall 6’s re-opening with clients, the Centre has received 10 confirmed bookings, including high-profile exhibitions such as the 14th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2017, Home Decor and Design Exhibition (HOMEDEC) 2017 and Active Lifestyle Expo 2017, to name a few. Aside from exhibitions, Hall 6 is also the perfect venue for cocktail receptions, hi-teas, buffet style catering, presentations, town hall meetings and concerts.

In addition to Hall 6’s re-opening Pryor also highlighted the Centre’s expansion, which continues to progress and is due to be completed in mid-2019. The extension will provide an extra 10,000sqm of space to comfortably accommodate larger exhibitions, international association meetings and concurrent events, providing the opportunity for many current clients to grow their activities and/or events significantly.

The mixed-use commercial development will enhance the Centre’s existing world-class infrastructure, grow Kuala Lumpur’s reputation as a premier business events destination and help attract more international events to Malaysia. It will include a 45-storey tower block and enlarged foyer areas on Levels 1 and 3 that will link directly to the existing facility. There will also be three levels of underground car parking with 1,500 spaces, two levels of retail and F&B outlets, a sky garden overlooking the KLCC park and a rooftop restaurant.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.



In conjunction with World Cancer Day 2017, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is honoured to announce that it will be the venue of choice for the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) World Cancer Congress 2018. Themed “Strengthen. Inspire. Deliver” and hosted by the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), the Congress will take place from 1 to 4 October 2018 and is expected to attract 3,000 cancer and health professionals from over 135 countries.

The World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Its objective is to ‘unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world’s health and development agenda’. The Congress is held every two years and has been acknowledged by the global cancer and wider health community as the leading international conference in cancer implementation science.

Elaborating on the bid win, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor said, “It is a great honour to have been chosen to host the prestigious World Cancer Congress. The Congress adds to the list of the growing number of world conferences that have selected Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and, of course the Centre to host their high-profile events. Their choice is also a testament to Malaysia’s well-developed medical industry and the sector’s ongoing efforts to create greater awareness about cancer control.”

Pryor continued, “We look forward to working closely with UICC, NCSM and our ‘Team Malaysia’ partners – Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia Airports and Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) – to ensure a successful and compelling Congress that provides delegates and visitors with a memorable and rewarding experience.”

Vice President of NCSM, Clare Ratnasingham, shared “Hosting the 2018 Congress is a significant win for Malaysia and for the region as it will be the first time that the event will be held in South-East Asia. The Congress will provide an invaluable knowledge sharing platform which will help develop the local and regional healthcare sector and its cancer-related expertise.”

“The Congress will provide a dynamic platform for participants to develop new skills and improve competencies with tools and effective methods; share knowledge and best practices with global cancer and health professionals and listen to leading experts in the area of cancer control.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to build strong and lasting connections with participants from across the whole spectrum of the cancer control and non-communicable diseases, including leaders, policy makers, scientists, researches, health workers and patient group supporters, who all play a major role in fostering international collaboration to advance cancer control globally and nationally,” concluded Ratnasingham. For more information or to register for the Congress, visit http://www.worldcancercongress.org/.

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everybody has the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer. For more information, visit  www.worldcancerday.org/.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.