Putrajaya made history of sorts in the modern city planning of Malaysia, when it was first developed some fourteen years ago as the administrative centre. Branded as the country’s intelligent garden city with an infrastructure of sophisticated information networks based on multimedia technologies. Today it has evolved it’s identity into a city to stay and work with a full itinerary of events and activities.
The city has now re-invented itself as a preferred destination for MICE and is not short of available meeting and convention spaces, with several five-star hotels and resorts having decided to establish themselves in Putrajaya. Marriot for example has one of the city’s largest ballrooms which is pillar less and can accommodate 1,500 to 2,300 persons depending on the seating arrangement, this is complemented with a further 22 meeting rooms of various sizes, while Pullman located near the city’s only convention centre, boasts of a 250-seater lakefront open air amphitheatre for outdoor events and team building activities. If that is not enough there is also the Putrajaya Shangri-La, a boutique hotel with full meeting facilities.
With a mix of large convention halls that can hold hundreds to small and medium-sized meeting rooms for lesser scale gatherings, the hotels in the area provide a perfect venue for many conventions. The five-star hotels also serve to provide luxurious rooms for delegates complete with spa and sports facilities for participants to unwind after a conference. Putrajaya itself has a shopping centre, boat cruises during the day and evening and eco-theme parks lending an added appeal to the city.
Beyond the hotels, Putrajaya offers its only purpose-built convention centre located on a hill top. It is specially built to host important government functions at the Heads of State hall which is of 518 square metres. The gross floor area of the entire centre, is approximately 135, 000 square metres with the largest plenary hall of 4, 123 square metres and the Perdana hall is of 3,739 square metres.
At the same time, the city’s tourism council is actively pursuing to organise events in the city to put Putrajaya on the world’s event calendar. We have seen hot air balloons dotting the skies of Putrajaya, fireworks illuminating the city, international golf championships and several cultural events. Soon the city will host an international dance festival, water sports such as sailing and water skiing, extreme games and a horse show.
It is expected that in the next few years for Putrajaya will become more then just a government city and as it accelerates the pace of residential and commercial development, it will undoubtedly create a sustainable living and working environment on par with other planned administrative cities in the world.