Work starts on €170m expansion of Budapest meeting space

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An artist's impression of the new HUNGEXPO congress centre An artist's impression of the new HUNGEXPO congress centre

Work on the €170m refurbishment and expansion of  HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center, the city’s largest meeting space, began with the laying of the foundation stone.

As part of the expansion, co-funded by the government and venue owners GL events, two new exhibition halls, a new reception building, and a new congress center will open by 2021.

The foundation stone was laid by Deputy Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Gábor Ganczer, CEO of Hungexpo, and Balázs Denhoffer, Managing Director of Expo Park Ltd. on behalf of the state.

Budapest has already been in focus of conference's tourism however duo to the rapid growth of the industry the revitalization of HUNGEXPO became inevitable.

"This is the most important day of our company since its foundation, 50 years ago,” said Gábor Ganczer, CEO of Hungexpo, at the celebration. “From 2021 Budapest can benefit and play the well-deserved role in the field of large and mega size events, which was not possible before due to the lack of a proper size congress center. With the current development, the capital will have the opportunity to host basically any size of international congress, conference or exhibition.”

Hall D1 will add 5,700sqm and Hall D2 7,300sqm. All existing pavilions will receive a refurbishment, with new flooring, and a facelift on the exterior aspect. All eight of the exhibition halls, ranging from 5,000-20,000sqm and totalling 60,000sqm of space, will be interconnected with a covered passageway providing exhibition options under one roof. In addition, this building will be equipped with the most modern recessed Gala seating system, which allows to adapt the venue to all kind of needs in a short period of time. The project is due to be completed by mid-2021.

The first major international event of the renovated and upgraded Hungexpo Budapest Convention and Exhibition Center will be the International Eucharistic Congress, scheduled for September 2020, which will welcome 15,000 guests. In 2021, it will host the World Hunting and Nature Expo.

James Lancaster
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