Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre resumes operations

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR/ pic credit: klccconventioncentre.com

THE Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has recommenced operations and is prepared to host events again beginning next month.

Following the government’s decision to allow the resumption of domestic business events of up to 250 participants with the necessary precautions in place, the convention centre has begun taking bookings for events on July 1 onwards.

KLCC’s GM Alan Pryor said he welcomed the government’s decision to allow the hosting of business events once again.

“Event venues are economic engines for their communities, creating significant revenues, as well as jobs, and will play a critical role in supporting Malaysia’s social and economic recovery.

“We look forward to working in solidarity with the government and industry supply chains to drive the resurgence of events. If everyone stands together, we are confident that Malaysian business events will thrive again,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Pryor also emphasised that business events are the centre’s area of expertise, knowledge and experience.

He is confident that as a purpose-built venue, a safe, secure and controlled environment for successful events that will provide peace of mind for organisers and attendees can be offered.

“As a venue, we focus on being flexible and adaptable, and have the necessary expertise to run extremely well-organised events tracing every one of our team members, participants, organisers, contractors and suppliers.

“The health and wellbeing of everyone in our venue has always been our top priority and this has not changed today,” he added.

Pryor also highlighted that the centre has proactively refined its comprehensive venue standard operating procedures (SOPs), in line with government requirements, to deliver a controlled and regulated environment in order to protect and provide reassurance to employees, guests and attendees.

As part of this, he said a venue operations team has been established. Product offerings to accommodate flexible terms have also been created alongside adaptable spaces, and meeting design plans and capacities, to satisfy all required protocols.

Additionally, in recognising the critical roles that health, safety and hygiene play in the “new normal” for business events moving forward, the centre has prepared rigorous SOPs.

The SOPs are controlled access points for attendees with required declaration forms and temperature checks with the need to use hand sanitiser and masks.

Besides that, capacity controls and new event set-ups, as well as layouts to enable social-distancing measures, have been prepared.

There are also enhanced plans for controlling the movement around the venue, queue management, and food and beverage provisions, on top of increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all spaces.

Pryor noted that there would be new protocols to reduce touch points, including contactless transactions, air quality control measures and monitoring systems.

“We cannot wait to see our clients, hear about their needs and help them conceptualise what we can deliver as their event partner. We want to really thank all our clients who have demonstrated great understanding and loyalty, and stuck with us during this difficult time.

“Our team has been working hard over the last few months to enable us to safely welcome events back to KLCC,” he said.