Malaysia has opened it doors wide to the visitors and the MICE industry. With its newly launched theme ‘Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia,’ Visit Malaysia Year 2014 aims to host 28 million foreign tourists. The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is playing an active role in presenting Malaysia as an authentic, culturally vibrant destination. One stand-out meeting venue, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), is launching its reputation as a premier destination on the global stage. PICC has the capacity to handle mega events.
It has recently announced its record breaking results for the year 2013. Within the period of 1st January 2013 to 31st October 2013, MyCEB together with its partners has won an impressive 118 event bids with a total estimated economic impact value of RM 770 million (over 240 million USD), a 21% increase from the 2012. With its reputation for efficiency, cost competiveness and “can do” approach, Malaysia can be seen as a continuing power player in large scale MICE events.
A significant point is that Malaysia is home to 8 major convention centres, with the ability to accommodate conventions up to 8,000 delegates. Each of these convention centres is purpose-built and features state-of-the-art facilities. Most of these convention centres are located close to accommodation facilities to suit all budgets, with complimentary transportation and logistics.
Putrajaya International Convention Centre
Since its opening about nine years ago, PICC has continued to attract high-level international conferences with more than 2,500 events being held at PICC up to the present day.
It has an impressive gross floor area of 135,000sqm over seven floors making it one of Malaysias largest Convention Centres. There are 10 conference halls, 33 meeting rooms, 13 secure VIP rooms and a VVIP lounge. The Plenary Hall is the largest and able to accommodate up to 2,800 people and is supplemented by two royal boxes, two public viewing galleries and eight interpreter rooms. The entrance level pillar-free banquet hall which can accommodate up to 3,000 people in a banquet-style sitting arrangement. For more formal and intimate VIP meetings, the Heads of State Hall incorporates a circular seating arrangement for 180 people within its 518sq m of meeting space. Its seating arrangement can accommodate 59 Heads of State and 121 advisors. To support event operators and guests, PICC’s cutting-edge information and communications technology (ICT) facilities provides effortless communication support.
PICC is located just 20 minute’s drive from the prestigious Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). With access to a modern expressway, Kuala Lumpur city centre can also be reached within 20 minutes by high-speed train, or by taxi in less than 30 minutes.