Destination Events: Malaysia
In our last blog post, Planning a Destination Event, we wrote about the benefits of holding events in unique overseas locations, along with a few tips to ensure its success.
This week we wanted to share our recent experience with a specific location that we’ve travelled to and investigated for its potential as an event destination.
If you’ve never been to Malaysia, here are a few quick facts:
- It’s located in Southeast Asia near Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam
- It’s an 8-hour flight from Sydney and Melbourne
- There is a 2 hour time difference (Sydney/Melbourne two hours ahead)
- The Capital City of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur
- Weather is always warm
- Dominant cultures include Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups living together in harmony
As an event destination, Malaysia ticks all the boxes. It is beautiful, unique and centrally located. Flights are easy to book, generally inexpensive and don’t take too long.
There’s also a lot to see and do, and it’s not too far to travel to neighbouring Asian countries for guests who really want to make the most of the experience.
The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is the ideal place to hold an event – particularly in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The Centre is a magnificent purpose- built a building, situated in the KLCC Development which includes a number of shopping complexes, hotels, restaurant strips and a large park all within walking distance and well connected to The CBD.
KLCC is also home to the popular Petronas Twin Towers, which are two twin skyscrapers that stand 452 metres high (that’s 1765 flights of stairs – or just 90 seconds to the top in their executive lifts!).
The Convention Centre itself is ideal for events of all shapes and sizes, with a number of halls, theatres and meeting rooms, plus a grand ballroom. On-site catering is easy, with the Centre’s award-winning culinary team providing customised menus for any time of day to suit any event or cultural requirement.
When visiting Kuala Lumpur recently, the friendliness of the people and the abundance of luxury hotels and shopping experiences was apparent. The food was exquisite with a mixture of Indian cuisine combined with Malay cuisine. International cuisine and popular food chains are also available for the non- experimental traveller, and though the weather can be very humid, it offers a nice break from the Australian winter during the months of June to September.
For those keen on an adventure following events, there are plenty of sacred sites, museums and beautiful places to see in Kuala Lumpur, or in nearby cities such as Melaka or Penang Island.
Exploring a wonderful culture that’s not so far from Australia has been very rewarding, and we can’t wait to create an exciting event experience in the heart of Kuala Lumpur which is sure to remain in the minds of guests for many years to come!
If you are keen to learn more about Malaysia as a destination for your next corporate retreat or conference and need help creating a memorable event experience for your attendees, then be sure to contact End2End Events in Melbourne on 1300095123 or use the contact form below.