Kuala Lumpur has the honor of being both the capital of Malaysia and its cultural, financial and economic center. The country’s largest city is a melting pot of cultures, which together offer a unique experience to its visitors. Kuala Lumpur is a place where everyday fun and world-class sophistication meet to create a unique destination for business travelers.
As part of the game plan for MICE, the Malaysian government continually promotes Kuala Lumpur as a key MICE destination. The city’s strong tourism growth is largely attributed to its improved flight accessibility as well as the currency depreciation that makes it a more affordable destination for international tourists.
According to a study by JLL, around 9,000 new hotel rooms in Kuala Lumpur are in the pipeline between 2017 and 2022, 33% of which will be in the luxury segment and a further 62.4% in the upscale segment. And if industry experts are to be believed, around 2,200 rooms have already opened since 2016, representing an increase of 5.3% year-over-year. Some of the city’s new hotels include the 401-room Sunway Pyramid Hotel West, the 383-room Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the 247-room Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur, the 208-room St Regis in KL Sentral and the 347-room The Cosmos Hotel Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Ampang.
The city is also home to some of the most spectacular meeting and convention venues such as the world-class Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in the Central Business District and the Sime Darby Convention Centre, situated near the KL Golf and Country Club. Located next to the Petronas Twin Towers, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre offers more than 100,000 square feet of flexible function space, which includes the 3,000-person capacity Plenary Hall, a grand ballroom for 3,000 guests and 90,000 square feet of exhibition space. The center is undergoing expansion to add another 32,800 square feet of flexible space, which is expected to complete next year.
All in all, Kuala Lumpur has what it takes to host meeting and events of all shapes and sizes. As a city that built its identity on its history, people and tradition in the arts and culture, Kuala Lumpur is able to offer a variety of attractions and, excite, surprise and entice its visitors to discover more.