Kuala Lumpur is seeing a surge of interest this year with a larger share of international events for the first half of the year. The city's Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has reported a 17% increase in the number of events and delegates compared to the same period last year.
Events such as the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) are among the 637 events held in the first six months this year, which is 90 more than the previous year. This has attracted a 79% increase with 530,000 delegates and visitors.
Commenting on the increases, KLCC General Manager Alan Pryor, said: "Fifty percent 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."
"We are delighted by the strong performance thus far and are focused on maintaining momentum as we prepare for the opening of our expansion in July 2019 which will provide an additional 11,000 sqm. This will provide an opportunity for even more growth in the future," he added.
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 many more.
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," concluded Pryor.