Hosted by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, UFI Educational Forum on HR Management and the 13th UFI Asia-Pacific Conference (formerly the UFI Open Seminar in Asia) took place in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), at the Shangri-La hotel on 27-28 February and 1-2 March 2018,respectively.
KL’s key meeting and convention venues include the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC or Centre). The KLCC is Malaysia’s foremost purpose-built facility and Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue.
Centrally located, KLCC offers 12,300sqm of exhibition space and an additional 10,000sqm; expansion completes this year. The recently opened 45,000sqm Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) is an architectural icon and a welcome addition to the existing Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC) complex.
Opening in 2020, the 52,000sqm KL Putra World Trade Centre will complement the 15,000sqm multi-purpose Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), a city landmark located some 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Outside KL, near the KL Golf and Country Club, is the Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC), which comprises a grand ballroom (1,765sqm) and 21 meeting rooms.
The 13,935.4sqm Genting International Convention Centre (GICC) is known for its high-tech features, and the 139,000sqm Malaysia Exposition & Convention Center, opening in 2021, will be the largest exhibition centre in South-East Asia.
KL & Malaysia facts:
- Kuala Lumpur has a GDP of US$296.36bn.
- Kuala Lumpur is a Malay term that translates to ‘muddy confluence’.
- From boardroom to beaches, Malaysia has grown to be among Asia Pacific’s top exhibition centres.
- KLCC 2018 exhibitions include: Innovation & Technology Exhibition 2018 (ITEX); International Architecture; Malaysia 2018; (APCS) 2018.
- Malaysia to add 216,000sqm of new space by 2021.
- Malaysia’s coastline stretches some 4,667km.