Sunday, October 05, 2014

Borneo Convention Centre defies the odds for business tourism

Sarawak’s first purpose-built conference centre proves doubters wrong to carve a niche among best in the region

WHEN the idea of building a Convention Centre here in Kuching was first mooted there was quite a bit of scepticism about its viability.

“We are not a travel hub. International attendees will have to spend extra days travelling via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.”

“Air connectivity is going to be a challenge.”

“We don’t have professional event organisers to service the clients.”

These were some of the negative comments. However, the State Government ploughed on with the scheme and went on to engage a team of dynamic locals and internationals to manage the place and to market it as a choice convention and exhibition destination.

In less than ten years BCCK has proven to be a success and now poses as a serious competitor to the more established conference centres in the region.

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is the first purpose-built convention centre on the island of Borneo. It was hoped that it would be a catalyst to spur the Conferences and Exhibitions business and to further enhance the tourism sector in Sarawak.

It sits on the Kuching Isthmus and is ringed by the Sarawak River. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the Kuching city centre, yet is only a few minutes ride by land and even river transport.

The Centre boasts of an available space of more than 3,700 square metres and is designed to offer flexible functional spaces for plenary sessions, meetings, exhibitions and banquets.

The pride is the pillarless Great Hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 delegates. Complementing this is the state-of-the-art facilities such as audio visual equipment and latest Internet technology that can cater to the demands of conference organisers.