Hungexpo Budapest offers revolutionary new facilities
for conventions

Following a two-year total refurbishment, Hungexpo Budapest has a new congress centre and two new exhibition halls making it the largest multi-functional congress and exhibition venue in Central Eastern Europe.

Hungexpo Budapest, owned by GL Events Group, a worldwide provider of integrated solutions and services for events, has recently completed a EUR170 million redevelopment. The venue now offers a new Congress Centre, offering 26 meeting rooms, state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and the capacity to accommodate 2,000 at a plenary session.

The new plenary hall is equipped with the latest Gala Seats retractable seating system, which allows the venue to be transformed from an auditorium layout to a flat space in a matter of minutes. A 72- sqm, high-definition LED wall behind the stage is the largest in Hungary.

Two brand new pavilions have also been constructed - 7,250 sqm and 5,700 sqm - together with a new contemporary reception hall, as well as the renovation of three other pavilions with a total area of more than 32,000 sqm.

Gabor Ganczer, CEO of Hungexpo:

"With a modern congress centre and the revitalisation of the entire area, Budapest will be one of the top five conference destinations in Europe now we are able to host international congresses and conferences of almost any size."

Increasingly popular

The recently released ICCA (International Congress and Convention
Association) rankings place Budapest 12th in the world, ahead of popular European cities Copenhagen, Rome and London, and coming in the Top 20 Destination Performance Index for the first time. Budapest's rating has climbed 13 places with the Brussels-based UIA (Union of International Associations), advancing to its current position in the top 20 international meeting cities.

Hosting major events

Major events held at Hungexpo since the renovation include the International Eucharistic Congress and Planet Budapest Sustainability Expo and Summit last year. This year Hungexpo hosted the Bocuse d'Or European Selection, the prestigious chef's competition, for the second time followed by the European Congress of Endodontology (ESE) with over 1,600 participants, occupying the congress centre for four days in September. The Global Special Operation Forces Symposium Europe, organised by Clarion Events, also recently took place here.

Hungexpo also welcomed the annual congress of AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, with the theme 'Reshaping the Future'.

Sven Bossu, CEO of AIPC, said: "I had the pleasure of seeing the profound transformation of Hungexpo on site and it is truly impressive. The brand-new conference centre is not only pleasing to the eye, it also offers ultimate flexibility in terms of room capacity and set-up - including the plenary room, which can be transformed into several multi-functional spaces in a minimum of time.

"This needs to be considered in combination with the renewed exhibition halls, varying from 5,000 sqm to 20,000 sqm, which are only a footstep away. As a result, HUNGEXPO can indeed host any type of event, whether it is a big congress with an exhibition or a massive exhibition with a small conference. These days, flexibility is the key success factor and HUNGEXPO definitely has everything it takes."

Future bookings

For 2023, Hungexpo has already secured large international congresses including the European Academy of Neurology's (EAN) Annual Congress in summer 2023 with 6,000-8,000 participants expected followed by EFIC Congress of the European Pain Society next September.

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Agnes Opitzer
Director of Hosted Event Sales