Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre expands to host bigger, concurrent events

A rendering of the upcoming expansion

When the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) completes its expansion by mid-2019, it will boast an additional 11,000m2 of flexible and multipurpose space in the heart of the city.

The upgrade will raise the Centre’s space inventory to 33,659m2, enabling the venue to accommodate larger international association meetings or mega trade fairs, as well as concurrent events, said Alan Pryor, general manager at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

A rendering of the upcoming expansion

He shared: “Over the past 13 years of operation, the Centre has successfully built a strong base of annual repeat clients. Currently, 60 per cent of our events are recurrent and continue to increase in size year-on-year.

“Adapting to these ever-growing events, combined with the need for more flexible space, was one of the main reasons we initiated the expansion. Having the extension gives us the room to be even more creative, innovative and customisable in meeting our clients’ needs.”

Its prime location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur – surrounded by many existing as well as upcoming office and hotel developments – has brought about an increased demand for space, requiring the Centre to better its ability to “host larger and more events simultaneously”, said Pryor.

The additional space, which will have a direct link to the existing facility, is made up of a large foyer area for pre-event activities. There will be three new halls measuring 2,862m2 each, and each hall will have two hospitality lounges which can be utilised as secretariat rooms, VIP rooms and meeting spaces. The new halls can be further subdivided by operable walls.

With the expansion, Pryor is confident that the Centre will provide “the capability to meet the current and future needs of the Malaysian business events industry”.

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