KL Convention Centre hosts 1st physical expo since pandemic

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic credit: klccconventioncentre.com

THE Kuala Lumpur (KL) Convention Centre (the Centre) has successfully hosted the first physical event recently, giving hope to industry players who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and the ensuing movement restrictions.

The Malaysia International Home Renovation + Interior Design (REX Expo) 2021 was held at the centre from March 19 to 21, after multiple postponements since the pandemic.

The Centre GM Alan Pryor expressed his delight in having the REX Expo 2021 as its first public exhibition as the industry reopens after the easing of restrictions.

“We would like to thank our long-time clients and all the exhibitors, as well as visitors for placing their trust and confidence in us, and for complying with our stringent new norm standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said in a statement yesterday.

The Centre, together with its industry partners, has been actively advocating and demonstrating how events are being planned for and executed, with all the pertinent health and safety measures in place, stringent SOP compliance and the provision of a safe and controlled event environment that purpose-built venues provide.

This has encouraged government and stakeholders over the past year to allow phased resumption of  meetings and events.

One of the exhibitors, Art of Tree Sdn Bhd creative director Jeffrey Yang said the additional measures that were in place at the Centre were executed smoothly and efficiently without disrupting moving-in and setup.

“There was no long queue for exhibitors or contractors during registration and the security team was extremely strict in ensuring we followed the required procedure and that in itself makes us more confident to be here at the Centre for these three days,” he said.

The government lifted its restrictions on events for the fourth time, allowing the entire supply chain to operate since March 5 this year.

Beyond Arena Sdn Bhd senior sales manager AW Yong said the Centre is known for its uncompromised requirement on compliance with SOPs even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Considering the current situation, we knew that the condition to observe and follow the new norm standards would be even more stringent and we were right.

“In fact, that was the primary deciding factor for us to participate in this year’s REX Expo at the Centre,” said Yong.

Meanwhile, Cuckoo International (M) Sdn Bhd natural manager Joe Tan, who was a first-time exhibitor, said there were more serious buyers at the expo compared to malls or other commercial venues.

“We have already made 100% more sales on our first day compared to the other shows we participated in before,” he shared.

The REX Expo, established in 2015, is the one-stop expo for homeowners with a wide range of interior design ideas, trends, renovation tips and solutions from experts, and a variety of innovative home-related products.

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