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Meeting Sites Malaysia MEET MALAYSIA: Multicultural Malaysia bills itself as the “meeting place of the world” and is working hard to measure up with the establishment of meeting and conference venues throughout the country, new infrastructure and transportation, international-class accommodations, and experienced destination management companies for support. The nation’s efforts toward sustainable environmental developments are also touted as a key feature, with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre both winning prestigious Green Globe awards. Essential Tool Box Convention Centers/Facilities: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, 104,517 sf of exhibition halls, 215,913 sf of function space with 20 meeting rooms. Daily Business Costs*: Hotel $82 F&B $76 For More Information: Tourism Malaysia For complete listings, visit Quick Facility Search at *Business Travel News 2008 Corporate Index By Corrie Dosh The Big News Meeting and convention attendees tend to spend up to five times more than average tourists to Malaysia, and the three-year old Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is at the centerpiece of the country’s efforts to promote group facilities. The center consists of two auditoriums (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 104,517 sf of exhibition halls, a grand ballroom which seats 2,000, a banquet hall for 500, a conference hall for 1,800, and 20 other meeting rooms, representing 215,913 sf of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. In the year of 2007, the center saw an estimated 32 percent growth over 2006 for the total number of events held and a 26 percent increase in delegates and visitors. FACILITIES UPDATE The 239-room Piccolo Hotel opened at Kuala Lumpur’s Bintang Walk in July adorned with canvas prints of the owner’s diving outings in East Malaysia. The 305-room Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur is expected to open by the end of the year with a ballroom and 10 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 2,000. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will bring its St. Regis brand to Malaysia, with a 200-room property opening in 2014 in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The 300-room Four Points by Sheraton Kuching, Malaysia is accepting group reservations for bookings after its scheduled opening on Dec. 31. The property features eight meeting rooms and 17,222 sf of Four Points event space. The 468-room Millennium Kuala Lumpur finished a $30 million makeover after its conversion from the Regent Kuala Lumpur. Pre- and Post-Convention Tour Options Check out these exciting destinations in Malaysia ideal for group tours: Langkawi—an archipelago of 99 islands and a designated Geopark, offering diving, eco adventures, sailing, and golf. Taman Negara—home Standing tall: Kuala to 120-million-year-old Lumpur’s Petronas tropical rainforests, Towers offering canopy walks and river cruises. Kuala Lumpur—the Malaysian capital offers a contrast of old world ambience and new world amenities with dining, shopping, and cultural attractions. Melaka—a historical crossroads city of Dutch, Portuguese, and Peranakan (or Straits Chinese) influence. Penang—food lovers’ paradise with night bazaars featuring Malay, Chinese, and Indian delights. Sabah—home of the venerable Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Sarawak—ancient traditions still in practice can be seen with a visit to a traditional longhouse. 156 SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS

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Successful Meetings - September 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
Supplier News
Association News
Corporate Meetings
Independent Planners
Management Matters
Meetings Law
Mouth for Sale
Planner Spotlight
On Site
On Site
Tools of the Trade
Where All That Glitters May Bring Gold
Stepping Up in Class
Going for the Green
10 Great Drive-To Destinations
Charter Members
Night at the Museum
Places & Spaces
Charleston and Savannah
Los Angeles
Rocky Mountain Resorts

Successful Meetings - September 2008