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‘New chapter’ for Hungexpo after €170m makeover

A convention centre has reopened after a €170m refurbishment.

Hungexpo Budapest was enlarged during the pandemic and now stretches over 70,000sqm – or ten football pitches – making it the largest venue of its type in Central Eastern Europe.

A new entry lobby, two new exhibition halls, a new congress centre, which can seat 2,000 people in plenary, and a new kitchen and confectionery are part of the extensive makeover.

Gábor Ganczer, CEO of HUNGEXPO and President of the Association of Hungarian Event Organizers, said: “We are very proud to start a new chapter in our company history with the fully renewed and expanded HUNGEXPO, which now has the capacity to host complex events of any size in our state-of-the art facilities, which offer maximum flexibility in terms of space and services.

“The development is a big step forward not only for Hungexpo, but also for the entire Hungarian tourism industry, as larger events attract additional conferences of various sizes to the capital using all tourism-related services, hotels and other venues. Budapest now has everything to become a TOP destination for the European congress and meetings market.”

Sven Bossu, CEO of AIPC, International Association of Convention Centres, visited the site.

He said: “Following an unprecedented quiet period for the events industry worldwide caused by the pandemic, event organizers, associations and corporates are eager to return with their events to be able to meet face-to-face. Exhibitors and visitors are very much looking forward to once more attending well-regulated business events.”

“I had the pleasure to see the profound transformation of HUNGEXPO on site and it is truly impressive. The brand-new conference centre is not only pleasing for 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-function spaces in a minimum of time. These days, flexibility is the key success factor and HUNGEXPO definitely has everything it takes.”

Hungexpo is working on tenders for several major international events in the coming years; Budapest is expected to host the Annual Congress of the European Psychiatric Society (EPA) with 2,000–3,000 participants in 2022, and the European Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) with 6,000–8,000 people in 2023.

HUNGEXPO hosted the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress as the first large international congress in early September, and the inaugural international exhibition of the new complex ’One With Nature’ World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition is now open for 3 weeks until October 14th.

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