PETER BROKENSHIRE RECEIVES TOURISM MINISTER’S SPECIAL AWARD
Kuala Lumpur, 30 July 2007 – The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) general manager, Mr Peter Brokenshire was presented the Tourism Minister’s Special Award at the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2005/2006 recently. Mr Brokenshire received his award from the Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
The Tourism Minister’s Special Award recognises individuals and organisations who have contributed significantly to Malaysia’s tourism industry. The prestigious award comes on the heels of the Centre’s win for ‘Best Exhibition and Convention Centre in Asia’ at the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2007.
Congratulating Mr Brokenshire, Datuk Ishak Imam Abas, Chairman of Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, said that under Mr Brokenshire’s leadership, the two-year-old Centre has grown to become the choice venue for organisers of numerous regional and international high profile events.
“Mr Brokenshire has been responsible for managing and spearheading the operation of the Centre, a technologically-advanced and purpose-built facility and remains responsible for its overall management,” said Datuk Ishak Imam Abas.
Joining the project in February 2003, Mr Brokenshire single handedly marketed the Centre until the team joined a year later. Successfully securing 169 events prior to the opening of the Centre in June 2005, the venue has grown from strength to strength.
Under his leadership, the Centre turned in an impressive performance with over 1.5 million people attending 430 events between January and December 2006, contributing RM 442.5 million to Malaysia in terms of economic impact.
In the international conventions arena, 17 of the 24 conventions held at the Centre last year were international events, representing 30 percent of the total number of meetings held in Kuala Lumpur. This in turn, contributed to Kuala Lumpur’s global ranking leap in the International Conventions & Conference Association’s (ICCA) statistical review of association meetings, which saw the capital moving up to 15th place compared with its 30th ranking the year before. This places Kuala Lumpur in fourth place in the Asia Pacific region after Singapore, Seoul and Beijing and ahead of Hong Kong and every Australian city.
Attributing his award to the supportive team from the Centre, Mr Brokenshire also gave credit to the Centre’s strategic partners Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) “who have worked with us tirelessly to actively promote the country, Malaysia; the City, Kuala Lumpur and its support infrastructure; and in turn, our venue, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.”
Mr Brokenshire’s career in hospitality spans more than 30 years in various positions within hotels, government bodies, catering companies and convention centres in South Africa, Australia and Malaysia. His professional affiliations include “Fellow of the Catering Institute of Australia”, a “Maitre De Table De Restauranteur with the Confererie de la Chaine Des Rotisseurs”. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, Australia and South Africa.
NOTE TO EDITORS
About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and Ogden International Facilities Corporation Pty Ltd, Australia.
Winner of the TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards 2007’s “Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia”, the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).
The Centre has received the ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and OHSAS 18001 certifications and achieved the Green Globe Benchmarked status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels.
The Centre, which consists of two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 9,710 sq metres of exhibition halls, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, represents an investment of RM550 million (approximately USD146 million) and 20,059 sq metres of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
About the Malaysia Tourism Awards (MTA) 2005/2006
Introduced in 1987, the MTA awards are a tribute to those who excel in the development of tourism in Malaysia. The coveted tourism awards are the highest benchmark for hospitality standards in the country. This year, there are more than 500 nominees vying for 43 awards in 11 categories plus the Tourism Minister’s Special Awards, bestowed on individuals and organisations for outstanding contribution to the Malaysian tourism industry. The Malaysian Tourism Awards have become increasingly instrumental in consolidating the tourism industry’s contribution to the national economy, as well as in maintaining Malaysia’s competitiveness in the highly competitive international tourism market.
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Tel: +603 2092 4300
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