IAPCO council members impressed with Malaysian showcase
The Council Members, who flew in from Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, also experienced an interactive showcase of the Centre’s facilities, including a Peranakan-style feast that saw the Centre’s chefs guide them in making a local favourite, Kuih Pie Tee – a traditional Nyonya dish of spicy and sweet sliced vegetables and prawns served in a thin pastry shell.
Another culinary treat included an Indian lunch in the 3000 pax Plenary Hall accompanied by a live performance of Tabla (South Asian percussion instrument) and Veena (Indian traditional instruments) in addition to Kolam, a form of drawing that uses coloured rice flour.
“The occasion provided the perfect platform to expose top international industry professionals to our facility and showcase Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s multicultural diversity and compelling business events proposition,” said general manager Alan Pryor.
“We hope the visit will inspire them to consider hosting future international association meetings in Kuala Lumpur and here at the Centre.”
IAPCO vice president Mathias Posch said the meeting will be remembered for a long time.
“The entire team, on every level, made us feel welcome and deeply cared for at any given time,” he said.
“We didn’t leave the venue for almost three days but we felt we experienced more of the Malaysian hospitality and everything your wonderful country has to offer, than if we had been out exploring. Having our president Jan Tonkin attend the meeting via video call also allowed us to test the state of the art AV and the dedicated support you offer. The breaks, lunches and dinners were each unique and incredibly creative – with attention to even the smallest details.”
IAPCO secretariat Sarah Storie-Pugh said the Centre delivered the meeting “in such clever inventive ways to show us the venue and all that you can do for a meeting”.
“Our ‘KL Immersion’ was just right, with fun, excellent food, cultural heritage and some great knowledge into how the kitchens operate,” she said.
“The gala night was fabulous and we all had a great time. Our experience will help us to promote the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Malaysia to both our members and to the outside world. We can genuinely say ‘it was perfect’.”