SHAH ALAM: I-City launches its first-ever convention centre as part of its RM3bil tourism expansion masterplan for the development.
This provides a platform for residents and foreign visitors to organise weddings, meetings and events at the convention centre, which is large enough to hold up to 1,000 guests (banquet-seating style) and 2,000 guests (theatre-seating style).
Located at Central Walk in i-City itself, the convention centre has a total gross area of 0.18ha (20,000sq ft) with three halls and 6,500 car park bays.
“Under the Tourism Masterplan, we have the i-City theme park, which started some 10 years ago and a shopping centre, which is scheduled to open next year.
“We will also have three hotels, two more convention centres and a medical wellness hub,” said I-Berhad deputy chairman Datuk Eu Hong Chew during the launching ceremony.
Eu added that with the official opening yesterday, they would be able to package the convention centre, theme park and the hotel as a MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destination.
Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said MICE was an important sub-sector of the tourism market.
“I’m always excited to attend launches and events related to tourism, which have an impact on the country’s economy,” said Muhammad Bakhtiar.
He added that with MICE packages, it would attract more business tourism as visitors, especially foreigners, were more inclined to extend their stay or return with their family to explore the country further.