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Paul D' Arcy Appointed Chief Executive Officer, Borneo Convention Centre Kuching

Paul D’Arcy
joined Borneo Convention Centre Kuching as chief executive officer on 17 January 2011. Commenting on his appointment he said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on the role of CEO at this wonderful centre and am looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead. BCCK is a world class venue in a destination which has so much to offer. I have received a fantastic welcome here and I know that event organizers and delegates will experience the same friendly welcome.”

D’Arcy was born in Ghana, West Africa and grew up in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. He attended St Andrew’s college in Dublin and after graduating in 1972 he became a trainee manager with The Jury’s hotel group graduating form that program in 1975. In 1977 he joined the Intercontinental Hotels group as a receptionist in the Paris InterContinental Hotel and held various front office, accounting and operational positions culminating with his appointment as general manager of The Mayfair InterContinental London in 1989. In 1991 D’Arcy returned to Port Vila Vanuatu as general manager of the Radisson Royal Palms Resort and Casino before returning with Radisson to Sydney as Director of Finance for Radisson Hotels Australia. In 1994 D’Arcy joined The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre as director of Finance. Over the following 10 years he also held the positions of deputy general manager and director of Finance and director of Operations and deputy CEO before joining The Spotless Group as opening general manager of the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre in 2003. The Perth Convention Exhibition Centre opened in August 2004. In 2007 D’Arcy moved to Doha, Qatar as pre opening general manager of the Qatar National Convention Centre.

About Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)
Located on the up-and-coming business district known as The Isthmus in Kuching, BCCK is far enough from distractions of the hustle and bustle of the City Centre 8km away, yet within the reaches of our pride in natural attractions – 20km from the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (where Orang Utans have been successfully rehabilitated to semi-wild Orang Utans, and home to numerous baby Orang Utans, born in the wild to rehabilitated Orang Utans); 30km from the Bako National Park (natural haven to the endemic Proboscis Monkeys and Borneon Bearded Pigs); not more than 35km from traditional home-stays in the Longhouses of the Bidayuh ethnic tribe and hot springs.

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) commenced full scale operations in October 2009 and since opening, 135 events were hosted at the Centre and 10 functions were catered for at outside locations. Six events were international including the Third International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia which attracted 600 delegates from 52 countries in March 2010.

In addition to the 83,025 delegates and guests who visited the centre, 17,000 members of the public visited BCCK’s first consumer exhibition, SARBEX, in May 2010 and over 5,000 guests enjoyed the BCCK’s Ramadhan Iftar buffets in August-September 2010. In November, BCCK was chosen as the winner for the prestigious regional real estate MIPIM Asia Awards 2010 for Best Business Centre, where many professionals in the sector agreed that using the local rainforest as BCCK’s central architectural inspiration was the correct choice to enhance the ‘sense of place’ within Sarawak and its ample greenery.
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