The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has achieved 40 per cent more than its 2022 target, with close to 1,350 events successfully hosted and over 750,000 delegates welcomed over the year.
“We are delighted with the positive bounce-back of the Malaysian business events industry we have witnessed this year, which reinforces our attractive destination proposition,” said Alan Pryor, the Centre’s general manager.
“It is also great to see how enthused people have been to attend in-person events again. Accomplishing 90 per cent of our record-breaking 2019 performance is a great achievement by our entire team considering the circumstances.
“Everyone has worked tirelessly to deliver innovative solutions through our flexible and client-centric approach, contributing to the successful delivery of so many events this year.”
Half of the events hosted in 2022 were corporate meetings and banqueting events, making it the biggest contributor. This was followed by conventions (26%) and exhibitions (24%).
“We also hosted a record number of 21 entertainment events this year featuring popular international acts,” said Ravindran Sathiamoorthy, the Centre’s director of sales.
“Out of the 1,350 events hosted, 30 were regional and international events. With about 100 events or 50 per cent of our 2023 target already confirmed, we anticipate the industry returning to pre-pandemic levels sooner than expected and hope this positive trajectory continues for business events moving forward.”
Pryor said they have been receiving more international requests for site-visits for their upcoming meetings, which is indicative of the industry’s strong recovery moving forward.
“We are proud to have recently added six new bid wins to our calendar of events which will be held between 2024 and 2026, and are expected to attract over 16,000 delegates from around the world,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming more high-profile international meetings and events next year, including the IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference 2023; IEEE International Conference on Image Processing 2023; and E-Mobility Asia 2023, to name a few.”