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Kuching, BCCK to Host 3 International Conferences on Energy, Diabetes and Animal Production in 2018

KUCHING. Kuching is all set to make a bigger mark on the business events map come 2018 with the award-winning Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Sarawak’s first and only purpose-built convention centre, having been officially appointed as the host venue for three prominent international conferences next year.

The 4th International Energy Week (IEW’18), 17th Continuing Professional Development Series: Diabetes Asia 2018 Conference and 18th Asian-Australasian Animal Production Congress 2018 will roll into the Cat City (Kuching being the Malay word for cat) after concerted bid efforts of two to three years by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) and BCCK through joint sales calls to the clients/hosts and joint site inspections of the BCCK.

4th International Energy Week (IEW’18)

The IEW’18 will be hosted by the Sarawak state government from 23 to 25 January 2018 and will comprise both conference and exhibition components bringing the IEW’18 Conference and Technology Symposium, ElectroPowerAsia 2018 Exhibition, PetroleumAsia 2018 Exhibition and Asia Infrastructure 2018 Exhibition to this energy-themed event which anticipates to welcome around 5,000 delegates.

Since its inception in 2009, this flagship state event has gathered thousands of top government officials and industry leaders from the energy and petroleum sectors to explore the business and investment opportunities as well as focus on the continued development of the multi-billion dollar Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). SCORE is the new development corridor in central Sarawak (and one of Malaysia’s five economic corridors) which focuses on the growth of the identified rural areas through foreign direct investments in the priority industries that will have the highest economic impact on Sarawak. These industries are the oil-based, aluminium, steel, tourism, palm oil, timber-based, livestock, aquaculture, marine engineering and glass.

Kuching has gained a foothold as a favourite destination for medical and professional association conferences/congresses in recent years. The BCCK has carved a place for itself as the ideal venue for such meetings and has successfully hosted various medical/dental conferences and association meetings.

17th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Series Diabetes Asia Conference 2018

The 17th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Series Diabetes Asia Conference (DAC) 2018 will take place at the BCCK from 26 to 29 July 2018. The DAC is hosted by the National Diabetes Institute (NADI) since 2002 as a CPD initiative to address the rise of diabetes mellitus, in particular Type 2. Medical professionals from Asian countries and especially ASEAN converge annually to strategise on the prevention and management of diabetes and related diseases which has seen a drastic increase in developing countries including Malaysia. Approximately 600 delegates are expected at this event.

This four-day conference will also include a pharmaceutical/medical-themed exhibition.

18th Asian Australasian Animal Production Congress 2018

The Malaysian Society of Animal Production will host the 18th Asian-Australasian Animal Production Congress 2018 from 1 to 5 August 2018, bringing about 400 representatives from the Asian- Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies (AAAP) to Kuching. The AAAP, currently comprising 19 member societies from 19 countries, was established in 1980 to promote efficient animal production in the Asian-Australasian region. Through national, regional and international cooperation and academic conferences, the AAAP congress serves as a platform for animal scientists and professionals to discuss current advances in animal sciences and technology and also gathers students, technologists, farmers, breeders, and those directly and indirectly involved in the animal industry.

Eric van Piggelen, chief executive officer of the BCCK says, “We would like to thank the local hosts of these three upcoming conferences/congresses for placing the trust in BCCK as the official host venue. Having hosted numerous international events and notable professional association meetings since 2009, the BCCK is well-poised to play our part in the state’s business tourism, and continue our tradition of quality service and congenial hospitality to welcome the hosts and conference delegates from different corners of the world. They can rest assured that we will make them feel at home when they are at the BCCK for they are our guests. The BCCK management would like to express our appreciation to the SCB for the collaboration with BCCK to bring these events to Kuching to benefit Sarawak’s business tourism and we look forward to further collaboration with SCB.”

Amelia Roziman, SCB chief operating officer says, “Kuching as a second-tier city has stood out for having a world-class convention venue that has time and again risen to the occasion to deliver many a prominent conference. proved itself capable of hosting events of myriad nature. These three upcoming international events are further testimonies that the BCCK has the resources and flexibility to match the customized needs of association meetings in terms of meeting spaces, technology and diverse food and beverage preference of multi-cultural attendees. SCB and BCCK both look forward to showcase what Kuching has to offer in terms of MICE and related hospitality resources.”

Note to Editors About Borneo Convention Centre Kuching The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is the first purpose-built convention centre in Sarawak serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry at local, national, regional and international levels. it commenced full scale operations in October 2009 and since its opening, more than 1,300 events have been hosted and 1.63 million delegates and guests have been welcomed at the Centre. Awards Received  Malaysia Best Employer Brand Award 2017 by Employer Branding Institute  Conference Venue of the Year 2016, by Mice Asia Awards, Singapore in conjunction with the annual MICE Asia Exhibition.  2015 rAWr Award Winner of Malaysia Business Events Awards of Excellence (in the category For the Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award for Excellence below 15,000 sqm gross saleable space, by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS).

About The Raintree Restaurant The pride of BCCK, the award-winning Raintree Restaurant exudes the essence of fine dining, confidently blending chic and tribal elements in its design. Amidst the intimate ambience, the long expanse of its tall glass wall perfectly frames the panoramic view of the Sarawak River. Dining al fresco on the balcony overlooking the Centre’s verdant landscape is a breath of fresh air to mingle food, company and nature. The corner bar within provides reasonably private space, for friends and associates to linger over premium Italian coffees and fruit juices, or wind down with select wines and simple cocktails. Awards Received  Malaysia Tatler – One of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants 2016  Malaysia Tatler – One of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants 2015

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