Meetings, conferences, events and exhibitions in all their forms are ultimately to serve only one common function. To bring people together, encourage conversation and create connections. Connections that will allow people to create ideas, share thoughts and collaborate.
|As organizations around the world seek to be more innovative, and compete more and more on creativity, we approached the question of innovation from a totally unique perspective. Instead of exploring the capacity of an individual alone or in group to innovate, we try instead to identify the spaces that have historically led to unusual rates of creativity and innovation. Places such as the Coffee Houses during the age of enlightenment or the Salons of modernism. Spaces where minds serendipitously come together connect and produce great ideas. And with this in mind, we would like to introduce Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, the unique convention centre. A space created among the tranquility of the tropical rainforest where any distractions that will take focus away from simply being innovative are kept at a distance but yet still easily accessible.||Being secluded however does not mean disconnection. The centre is equipped with the latest in communication technologies with wireless internet enveloping the whole area, cutting ledge LAN infrastructure and the latest in Audio/Visual technology to ensure any and all collaboration that happens inside, are widely visible outside. All this to realise the belief we have that collaborative innovation can be at its peak if held in the correct environment. Every part of BCCK is designed to be an environment for the inquisitive. An environment that encourages people to think broadly and generally about challenges and one in which participants can feel free to follow their curiosity. Equally important, it seeks to be an environment where people can connect with each other.|
The caretakers of nature’s advancement.
BCCK is what it is today and will become what it will be tomorrow under the passionate care of our directors.
Datuk Hajjah Raziah @ Rodiah binti Mahmud-Geneid
Dr. Mohamadon bin Abdullah
Dato Steve Ng
Dato’ Sri Haji Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot
YM Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin bin Tengku Mahamood
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True to any organization, our people will always be our strength. And each and every member is passionately dedicated to meet any challenges and exceed all expectations.
|Eric Van Piggelen
Chief Executive Officer
Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), the first purpose-built Convention Centre located on the mystical island of Borneo, today announced the appointment of Mr. Eric Van Piggelen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCCK effective January 1, 2014. Eric joined BCCK in 2011 as Director of Operations.
In his new role, Eric will oversee the day-to-day management decisions and for implementing BCCK’s vision and mission and continue to apply its expertise and experience to great effect to upcoming conference and meetings at the venue.
Eric was born in South Africa but grew up in The Netherlands. After his studies he returned to South Africa and joined the Avalon Group of Hotels as an Assistant General Manager. Over the following 20 years he held Senior and Executive Management positions in various Resorts, 5 star Hotels, IT, Sports and Recreation Clubs and Convention Centre’s in South Africa, Europe and the USA.
In 2009, before his move to the BCCK, he was headhunted to join the world renowned International Convention Centre Durban in South Africa as its Director of Operations. The ICCD has featured in the Top 20 list of best Convention Centre’s in the world over the past few years.
He has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Company Direction and is a member of The Institute for Director’s in Southern Africa.
Eric is married to Daphne for 18 years and they have three beautiful children, Caillian, Jesse and Kealoha. Whenever time permits he likes playing Golf, Read and spend quality time with his family.
In today’s global arena, having hard skills and experience alone in the hospitality industry no longer suffices. We tend to forget or neglect the importance of having soft skills, and how having them can actually elevate and enhance our interactions with others.
With this in mind, 30 employees from Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) attended a two-day comprehensive training program on “Mastering Your Image at Work” which worked on enhancing their interpersonal and social grace skills.
The training was conducted by Dr. Dianne S.C. Tsen from Powerlooks Global Sdn. Bhd and Dianne Tsen Sdn. Bhd. Throughout the training program, the consultant focused on the importance of creating positive first impressions at the workplace, understanding the image essentials for women or men, hygiene and how to cultivate an individual’s professional image.
“Etiquette and protocol matters in the business world and the lack of social graces can make a bad first impression on clients and business associates. These are important soft skills that are seldom taught but are vital in fostering social and professional interactions with others. We realized the importance of this aspect to our organization’s success, and so BCCK’s management has embarked on this training program for our employees”, said Human Resource Manager, Mdm. Janet Jong.
Excited participants included members of the Customer Service team, Sales and Marketing team, Events Planning team, Corporate and Procurement team and Finance team.
The Chief Executive Officer of Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Mr. Eric Van Piggelen has presented a cheque worth MYR 1595.00 to Mr. Kho Soon Kheng on behalf of Sarawak Cheshire Home on last Friday, 14th March 2014.
The donation was raised from proceeds of Isthmus Christmas Buffet Promotion at The Raintree Restaurant, BCCK, which was held in December 2013.
During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Eric Van Piggelen expressed his gratitude for the tremendous support of diners who have patronized their Isthmus Christmas Buffet last December.
“As part of BCCK’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program we pledged to donate MYR 5 from the price of the buffet over Christmas, and called for the support of our diners to make this pledge a success. I am therefore very pleased that we have managed to collect this amount, and I look forward to an even better result this year,” said Mr. Eric Van Piggelen.
“Having the public play a role obviously makes the giving more rewarding. Adding to that, BCCK is delighted to partner with such a worthy charity. We know that the funds help the Sarawak Cheshire Home continue their work and provide some degree of comfort to the residents,” he added.
For those public members who would like to donate to Sarawak Cheshire Home can contact Mr. Kho Soon Kheng at 082 – 429 410 or visit their website; http://www.cheshiremalaysia.org/sarawak/
The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) launches its official twitter and instagram account as the social media has grown exponentially and played a significant role in promoting MICE business as it is increases awareness, improve and maintains a high level of customer service, while communicating directly with clients and delegates.
The event was launched by the Chief Executive Officer of BCCK, Mr. Eric Van Piggelen, the newly appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of BCCK, Ms. Premala Danapakiam, the newly appointed Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joseph Chung and other BCCK’s Senior Management.
“BCCK commenced full scale operations in October 2009 and since opening, there are 583 events have been hosted and over 628, 106 visitors have been welcomed to the Centre. As part of our journey, we are now looking at various aspects of social media to further strengthen and broaden our clients’ base, both locally and internationally, as we explore all mediums of communication and interactions available today. One of the ways for us will to delve into the exciting world of twitter and instagram”, said BCCK’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Ms. Premala Danapakiam.
According to the statistic from the eMarketer, it is reported that the number of active registered worldwide users in Twitter are approximately 645 million and 150 million in Instagram.
“Based on the statistic reports by eMarketer, we can expect these figures to increase yearly, as we are excited to explore the possibilities available for BCCK in the twitter and instagram world. Now, the exchange of ideas, feedback and suggestions with our clients, delegates and visitors to the Centre is just a hash tag away,” she added.
For the latest updates or breaking news about BCCK, public members can follow:
· BCCK’s twitter account: @BCCKSarawak
· BCCK’s instagram account: @bccksarawak
· BCCK’s Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCCK.Sarawak
· BCCK’s Official Website: www.bcck.com.my
Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) announces the appointment of Mr. Joseph Chung as their new Chief Financial Officer and Ms. Premala Danapakiam as their new Director of Sales and Marketing, effective March 1, 2014.
Mr. Chung has more than 25 years of professional experience both in industry and audit (big 4). He started his career with one of the “big 4” firm before he left and joined a multinational company, holding various key roles within the organization. He has both financial and operational experience, ranging from financial reporting & planning, product costing to material & supply chain management. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
He joined BCCK in 2008 as Director of Finance and spearheaded the set up of the pioneer accounting team, policies, processes, controls and implementation of integrated ERP system that support both accounting and event management in BCCK. He is also actively involved in the National Independent Management Team for NKEA Education EPP10 Hospitality and Tourism Education Cluster.
In his new role, he is responsible for the overall financial management of BCCK, providing critical financial, strategic and operational support to the CEO. In particular, he is accountable for the direction, management and control of the accounting and finance functions as well as functions related to information & technology system management, office administration, internal policies and controls.
Commenting on his appointment, Joseph said, “We have a great team at BCCK! It is my aim to support and inspire the team further to a greater height, to be part of the catalyst to change and transform the landscape of MICE industry in Kuching. The establishment of BCCK as the first international purpose-built convention centre on the island of Borneo, provides an opportunity for us (Sarawakian) to showcase the city to the world and place Kuching on the worldwide map of Business Events. We need to work collaboratively with key strategic partners in the industry to deliver successful business events and offer a unique Borneo experience when international delegates come to Kuching to attend business events.”
Ms. Premala joined BCCK in 2011 as Senior Sales Manager. Having come from a diverse background, with over 5 years in the MICE industry, her new portfolio will encompass both the local and international markets for BCCK. She will be responsible to lead the team towards achieving BCCK’s business development plans and new strategic communications.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Premala said, “I look forward to growing and increasing the business opportunities for BCCK, particularly with developing new packages that will add value for our clients. BCCK was built with the sole purpose of developing Kuching as a destination for international conventions and conferences, and to provide world class facilities and services worthy of international events. With that in mind, I am working towards further enhancing and cementing our relationships with our industry partners and suppliers, especially with regards to the international markets. We need to work together to sell delegates the experience of having their events here, the Borneo way”.
Effective communication is more essential than ever, especially in today’s competitive business world and whether it is a face to face conversation or a professionally written email exchange, a meaningful message entails establishing a connection that leaves a powerful impression.
With this in mind, 31 employees from Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) attended a two-day comprehensive training program on “Master Communicator Program” which worked in developing truly engaging and responsive communication skills.
The training was conducted by Jackson Ng from Mastermind Training International Sdn Bhd. Throughout the program, the consultant focused on key areas; effective communication, starting a conversation, the first impression, master communicator Kung Fu, master communicator negotiation skill, communicating your ideas well, emotional intelligence and handling unhappy clients.
BCCK’s Human Resource Manager, Ms. Janet Jong commented that Jackson Ng combines the best communication techniques into a powerful and unique experience that is suitable for just about anyone with the desire to unlock their communication skills potential. “The bottom line is all the participants definitely improved their knowledge, which gave them a great sense of achievement”.
She further added that this module would be a part of a succession of training activities for BCCK. “BCCK believes in the importance of continual improvement, and we see the value in equipping our most valuable assets, our staff, with the tools needed to make them successes”.
The training program ends with the certificates presentation to all participants by the BCCK’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Eric Van Piggelen.
4 May was no ordinary Sunday for 16 members of Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) staff as they headed to the CityONE Megamall. Not to shop but to get on the stage; not for their fifteen seconds of fame but all with a single purpose in mind: to make good their pledge to have their heads shaved – all in the name of raising fund for children cancer patients.
It was a move volunteered individually by the 16 employees under the banner of BCCK’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. The 16 employees joined a host of members of the public in the annual children cancer awareness drive organized by the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS). Among the 16 were two female staff members who bravely gave up their long tresses for the good cause.
The fund raising by the 16 employees took off internally with BCCK management challenging its staff to recruit fifteen participants upon which the management would donate a sum of RM5,000 on top of the fund raised by the participants. In total, BCCK donated a sum of RM 9, 978 for this cause to SCCS.
BCCK CEO, Eric van Piggelen, said: “I am proud of our team members’ spirit in this public awareness campaign. Raising fund for any charity in itself requires personal efforts – to pledge something personal alongside this commitment requires a personal conviction. I want to say a big “thank you” to all the team members who unhesitatingly took part in this event.”
Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) commenced full scale operations in October 2009 and since opening, more than 583 events have been hosted and over 658,106 visitors have been welcomed to the Centre. More than 44 functions have been catered for at outside locations.
KUCHING: 26 June 2014. Visitors to the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2014 enjoyed an innovative culinary concept with the appointment of the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) as the official caterer for this world-renowned, annual three-day festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village.
BCCK has a proven record for successful major outside catering service such as the ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2000 participants at the Dewan Undangan Negeri in January. It was entrusted by the Sarawak Tourism Board to design a unique culinary programme this year that differed from the food and beverage offerings in past editions of the RWMF.
“BCCK was honoured to be part of this world-class festival, and this year we had set a new standard into the whole catering experience for the RWMF crowd. We created a difference by incorporating our event planning expertise and quality equipment into the entire set-up, paying the greatest attention to food safety and hygiene,” said Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK.
“Our diverse cuisines from different cultures harmonised with the RWMF theme which sees yearly gatherings of musicians and music lovers from different corners of the world, thronging the Sarawak Cultural Village by the thousands. Visitors were able to savour a wide range of delicious local, Middle Eastern and Western delicacies at different locations of the festival site. Food popular with the crowd included beef and chicken burgers, laksa Sarawak, shawarmas, kolok mee, satays, chicken rice, murukus, fritters, freshly cut fruits, and many more. We were proud to have the opportunity to showcase Sarawak’s very own rice wines - tuak and langkau.”
BCCK’s catering service and concept had received positive, favourable feedback from RWMF visitors. The comments included the assurance from knowing that BCCK’s catering complied with all the food safety and hygiene guidelines set out under its HACCP and ISO 22000 certification and flavourful food at great value.
BCCK is renowned for its event planning service and ample meeting spaces. The centre’s culinary services form an integral part of its overall offerings and it is known for its delivery of quality food, and food safety and hygiene practices. Catering service is provided both
in-house and at outside locations.
KUCHING. 1 July 2014. The sixth edition of the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)’s Ramadhan Buffet is again set to tempt every palate this 1 to 25 July. BCCK’s culinary team has created three menus which will be rolled out weekly for the next three weeks.
“We have received great feedback from very satisfied, new and returning diners year after year ever since we held our first Ramadhan buffet in 2009. Once again, we are offering food lovers the opportunity to relish BCCK’s repertoire of all-time favourites and signature dishes. We look forward to welcoming our loyal guests and new diners to another impressive galore of diverse cuisines this year”, Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK enthused.
The variety of culinary offerings comprises popular customary Malay fare, a cold selection, local delicacies, Indian, Chinese and Western hot dishes, Malay kuih muih, thirst quenchers and pick-me-up desserts.
BCCK Executive Sous Chef Binyas Suem ensures a refreshing start to the dining experience with marinated salmon gravalax and poached fresh prawns on ice. Highly recommended items from his list include the delectable roast whole lamb which diners usually make a beeline for, dendeng Indonesia, beef/chicken satay and seafood au gratin. Other sound choices are vegetarian shark’s fin soup, Indonesian ayam penyet, ikan bakar with homemade sambal, air assam or kicap pedas, ayam percik, chicken/lamb Bryani Gam, bubur pedas and a variety of bubur lumbuk. BCCK’s very own local fare - laksa Sarawak, kolok mee and fried kway teow – have always been must-haves, and the chocolate fountain is a great choice as well.
Themed “Garden” this year, BCCK’s Ramadhan buffet is served in the Great Hall which can accommodate up to 1,000 diners at any one time.
“BCCK’s facilities and entire set-up for the Ramadhan buffet period provide ease for all diners from all backgrounds - from ample, hassle-free parking, prayer rooms for Maghrib prayer and ambient dining space featuring our event planning expertise. We have set up a flexible reservation system to suit every diner’s convenience. We strongly encourage diners to make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment,” said Premala Danapakiam, BCCK Director of Sales and Marketing.
Diners have the options to:
All options require diners to check in at the check-in counters prior to dining.
Guests can be assured of the quality of culinary delights from BCCK’s halal-certified kitchens endorsed by JAIS (Department of Islamic Affairs of Sarawak). All food is prepared according to strict requirements and hygiene standard according to the Centre’s ISO 22000:2005 Food Management Systems, Malaysian Standard 1480:2007 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System.
Dine for Free
Ten complimentary dining vouchers are up for grabs based on the top ten food shots of BCCK’s Ramadhan Buffet featured on BCCK’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The competition will run from
1 to 13 July with the first five winners announced on 5 July and the other five winners on 13 July. Participants can send in as many entries as they like by tagging their shots with #BCCK and #ramadhanfoodshots, and “Like” BCCK’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All decisions are final and winners will be informed via their social media accounts.
More for the Ramadhan Month
Fiesta Ramadhan, a Ramadhan bazaar, will see about 60 stalls showcasing popular Hari Raya offerings from food items to furniture in BCCK’s sheltered car park from 5 to 13 July.
The Ramadan Buffet is priced at RM79.00 nett per adult. Children between five and twelve years of age enjoy the buffet at RM30.00 nett per child. One adult dines free for each group of twenty or more paying adults.
Dining time is between 6.30 pm and 10.00 pm daily. For more sneak peek at the generous menus or other details, or to purchase the Ramadan Buffet vouchers, call BCCK’s special reservation line 082-392 889 or general line392 888.
KUCHING. 4 July 2014. In embracing the spirit of Ramadhan, the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) shared the blessings of the holy month with some 30 children from the Laila Taib Orphanage on
3 July. BCCK CEO, Eric van Piggelen and Director of Sales and Marketing, Premala Danapakiam were on hand to welcome the children and their wardens.
“Reaching out to the less fortunate in our community has always been an activity close to our hearts. Hosting is our business; but we also take note that playing host can make someone’s day. We have made the Berbuka Puasa activity a yearly programme with these children since 2011, with the hope of making a difference for them in an ordinary day,” said Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK.
The programme started off with a Tarawih prayer led by an imam followed by partaking of the Ramadhan buffet. Younger children from the group received helping hands from BCCK’s Ramadhan team to explore the innumerable culinary offerings served in the Great Hall of BCCK during the Ramadhan month.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) occupies an important place on BCCK’s spectrum of activities. To date, BCCK has worked with various charitable organisations such as the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS), Salvation Army, Cheshire Home and Laila Taib Orphanage. The convention centre continues to identify programmes that provide avenues for it to give back to the community.
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