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 March 24, 2014
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's 9th Association Seminar; 'How To Boost Your Conference Budget'

 The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's (the Centre) 9th Association Seminar brought together leading Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), decision-makers of national associations and industry professionals to share knowledge and experience on international best practices in the delivery of successful meetings.

Under the overarching theme 'How to boost your conference budget', Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Yahya, Organising Committee Chair for the 21st FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2015 which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, highlighted that having local and regional sponsors can further boost one's event budget. "Having sponsors can ensure the desired outcomes and the overall quality of the meeting is not compromised".

In sharing his experience in preparing for the upcoming International Federation of Surveyors Congress 2014 (FIG 2014), President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Mr Teo Chee Hai said that a compelling proposition and strong programme content are important to attract delegates, especially Generation-Y. "So in our bid presentation, we included a theme that focused on the development of youths; which is one of FIG's goals, and demonstrated our commitment with the suggestion of concurrently hosting an undergraduate conference. To be held at the Centre from 16 June to 21 June, FIG 2014 is expected to welcome 3,000 delegates.

Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz and Mr Teo were joined by Ms Yap Shook Fung; Director, MCI Malaysia, Mr Amos Wong; Project Manager, AOS Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd (AOS) and Mr Gregg Parker; Managing Director, Parker Industries Sdn Bhd in the interactive dialogue session moderated by Ms Angeline Lue, the Centre's Director of Sales & Marketing.

This year's forum programme also included roundtable discussions on 'How to attract sponsorship for your event', 'The benefits of using a Professional Conference Organiser', 'From local to global association conference planning', and 'International conference and its impact on local associations', a case study on a successful bid process and the benefits of hosting international conferences by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) General Manager, Business Events, Ms Ho Yoke Ping, as well as two workshops titled 'Bid Clinic' and 'Association Development Clinic' by MyCEB.

According to Mr Alan Pryor, the Centre's General Manager Designate, the Centre's annual thought-leadership and knowledge-sharing association seminar is part of on-going Corporate Responsibility (CR) efforts to support local associations, "to educate, encourage and inspire them to proactively engage their international counterparts to bring their meetings to Malaysia, and at the same time, contribute towards enhanced professional development."

More than 110 participants from over 42 national associations and meeting industry partners participated in this year's 9th Association Seminar.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.

A winner of numerous awards including the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Best PR Award, rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards 2013 for 'Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award For Excellence' in the Business Events category; Kuala Lumpur Mayor Universal Access Award 2013; Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2012 for 'Best Print Advertising Campaign (Gold)' and the MICE Report Awards 2012 for 'Best Convention Centre in Asia'; the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, EarthCheck Bronze status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels. It is also the first in Asia to receive the 'Gold' AIPC Quality Standards certification.

Comprising two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 12,310 sqm of Exhibition Halls including a 2,600 sqm standalone marquee, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, the Centre provides 22,659 sqm of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.