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Conference boom for Kuala Lumpur
Some 28 conventions have been confirmed during 2009 to take place in Kuala Lumpur up until 2014, estimated to bring in more than 16,000 delegates to Malaysia's capital city. One factor contributing to this boom, is Kuala Lumpur’s attractive prices, which according to the Swiss Bank UBS international survey of 73 major cities are among the world’s lowest for three and five star hotels and restaurant meals.

The upcoming conferences, secured by Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, (KLCC) range from medical, science and technology to Islamic finance, and are expected to boost Malaysia's rising reputation as one of Asia's leading meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destinations.

During 2010 the country will host a wide range of sporting events, including Putrajaya Night Marathon, F1 Grand Prix, Malaysia International Dive Expo, Proton Malaysia Open Super Series 2010 (badminton), Malaysian Tennis Classic, and US PGA tour.

Among the 28 conventions scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur are:

• 6th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) 2010 (2,000 delegates)

• World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress 2010 (1,000 delegates)

• 67th Malaysia Dental Association Scientific Convention 2010 (1,000 delegates)

• 22nd Pacific Science Congress 2011 (1,000 delegates)

According to Peter Brokenshire, General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, "It is indeed heartening to note that, despite the global economic scenario and increasing competition, international and regional meeting planners continue to consider and choose Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur as the destination for their important events."

Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director-General of Tourism Malaysia said, "Malaysia's tourism industry partners' collaboration in attracting more MICE events has elevated Malaysia's stature as a world-class destination among the international conventions, exhibitions and meetings community."


 

Photo: Green market in Kuala Lumpur