i-City Expands Tourism Component with the Opening of it’s First Convention Centre

Congratulations to i-City for expanding its tourism component with the opening of it's first  Convention Centre on Sat, 17 Nov 2018. YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia was in i-City to officiate the grand opening of i-City Convention Centre @centralWalk.
Left to Right: YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia; Tan Sri Lim Kim Hong, Executive Chairman of I-Berhad

According to Dato’ Eu Hong Chew, Deputy Chairman of I-Berhad, the i-City Convention Centre @centralWalk is part of the RM3.0 billion Tourism Master Plan for i-City to transform this part of the Klang Valley into a leisure, shopping, hospitality, medical tourism and a Meeting, Incentives, Conferencing & Exhibitions (MICE) destination.

“The opening of the first convention centre adjacent to the central i-City shopping centre is an important milestone for i-City as it marks our formal entry into the MICE sector. So far the focus on our tourism investment has been the leisure segment with the various rides and attractions in Leisure Park. With the opening of the convention centre, we now have the ability to package the convention centre, theme park and hotel for the MICE industry especially the incentives and events sub-segment.”
“Under the Tourism Master plan, we have the i-City Theme Park as our leisure component while the central i-City shopping centre will anchor the shopping experience. There will also be 3 hotels, 3 convention centres and a medical wellness hub. The theme park has been open since 2009 and attracts an average of 90,000 visitors annually; while one of the hotels -- Best Western i-City opened in 2015 is running on an average of 80% occupancy. The shopping centre will be open in January 2019 while DoubleTree by Hilton and the second convention centre will open in 2020.”
According to YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar, the Ministry has revised the tourism arrival targets for 2020 to 30 million as its gives a much more realistic picture taking into account that Malaysia only had 25.9 million visitors in 2017 and that Malaysia had missed its tourist arrival rates targets for the past 5 years.

The MICE is an important sub-sector of the tourism market and the Ministry through the Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is targeting to grow the business arrivals share of the visitors from 5% to 8% by 2020.

“We hope to work closely with the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) to promote i-City as a MICE cum events destination as i-City Theme Park has been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the top 25 colourful and brightest places in the world.”
A glimpse of i-City Convention Centre @centralWalk in this short video

The i-City Convention Centre @centralWalk with a total gross area of 20,000 sq ft, has 3 halls in its entirety and can seat 1,000 people in banquet style seating and 2,000 people in theatre-style arrangements. Whereas, centralWalk has up to 6,500 carpark bays for guests.
i-City Convention Centre @centralWalk has really good lighting and sound system, suitable for events or wedding ceremony

The Deputy Tourism Minister said that there are many reasons for tourists to visit Malaysia, from leisure to business. As Malaysia hopes to tap into the various sub-sectors, the Deputy Minister embraces i-City’s plan to go beyond leisure and shopping to cover the MICE sector as well. i-City with its theme park and hotel will be able to have a unique offering to the incentive component of the MICE industry.

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