It’s all smiles from the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Rod Smith PSM (back row, right) and guests at Australian High Commission Malaysia’s Australia Day Reception at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Close to 1,000 distinguished guests attended the auspicious occasion which also marked 60 years of Australia-Malaysia bilateral relations.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has pulled off another successful Australia Day Reception…for the 8th consecutive year! Hosted by the Australian High Commission Malaysia and officiated by Malaysian Minister of Human Resources, Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Jaem and Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Rod Smith PSM, close to 1,000 guests from the government, Malaysian society and the Australian community in Malaysia, gathered to celebrate the occasion and, more importantly, mark the 60th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic presence in Malaysia.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2015, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor said, “the Australia Day Reception is always the perfect event for us to kick off the new year. And this being the 8th consecutive year the auspicious gathering is being held at the Centre makes the Australian High Commission Malaysia one of our longest-standing recurrent clients.”
With the Centre celebrating its 10th year in business this year (2015), Pryor concurred that a loyal group of repeat clients have been key to transforming the venue from ‘new kid on the block’ in 2005 to Malaysia’s premier convention centre and one of Asia Pacific’s leading meetings venues today.
“Repeat clients provide a stable of core events each year and we are extremely grateful for their on-going support. Their confidence in us is a great motivator to continue ‘pushing the envelope’ to deliver flexible and innovative solutions, and to make every event better than the last. They also contribute significantly to our yearly results such as a milestone 2014 with 1,759 events hosted, an 11% increase over the previous record of 1,565 in 2013, and delegate numbers at over 1.97 million, against 1.96 million in 2013.”
Cognisant of this, the Centre is celebrating her 10th anniversary with a host of marketing and promotional packages to thank clients and stakeholders who have contributed; directly and indirectly, to the venue’s growth and success to date. These range from discounts on ancillary charges for Day Conference Packages (DCPs) and complimentary mocktails for Banquets to Exhibition Loyalty Value-Add Programme tier upgrades, and much more.
Pryor added the Centre will take the experience, knowledge and commitment to quality garnered in her first 10 years to drive the company forward this year as well as into her next decade as reflected in the 10th anniversary tagline, ‘Focusing on perfection, always, celebrating ten enriching years’, and accompanying message, ‘Leaving you with memorable impressions is what drives us. Our motto will always be to passionately deliver excellence to make you happy’.
Among the high-profile events on the Centre’s 2015 roster is the Australian-based International Primary Care Conference and Exhibition (IPCCE) 2015 and other international heavyweights such as the ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting 2015, Global Food Safety Conference 2015, 18th Human Genome Meeting 2015, Global Round World Scholar Cup 2015, International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) 2015, Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) 2015, Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) 2015, Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology 2015, and Asean Federation of Endocrine Society (AFES) 2015.
These upcoming events will add an already impressive track record of more than 17.6 million delegates and visitors from 9,969 events and an economic impact contribution to Malaysia of RM5.6 billion (AUD2 billion) from June 2005 through to 31 December 2014.