Convention Centre News, June 2016

Your News Feed on 5 Stories From Around the World – June 2016


1.   Dubai to get new Convention Centre

Dubai will be building a new convention centre – the 55,000m2 in  Al Jaddaf will be constructed to the tune of 1.8 billion dirhams (US$490.1 million), and will be completed in two years’ time.  The complex will feature two hotels, offices and halls that will have “all the facilities needed for international conferences or exhibitions that Dubai will host, all under one roof”.

This project includes the Shaikh Rashid Hall which can accommodate 10,000 people for a variety of purposes such as concerts, seminars and conferences. There will be five other smaller multipurpose halls, with each being able to accommodate 1,000 people.

These halls will be linked to the two hotels – a three-star and a four-star – and a 36-storey office building via the Concourse. The Concourse will be an air-conditioned 150m-long corridor with shops and restaurants.

This convention centre is one of the largest projects to be carried out by Dubai Municipality in anticipation of the World Expo 2020.

Source: TTG Asia


2.   Queenstown Convention Centre redesigned

Plans for a redesigned Queenstown Convention Centre have been released, with an improved location positioned immediately across from the proposed Queenstown Gondola.

“The revised Convention Centre design by architects Mason & Wales is contemporary and striking,” said Alastair Porter, Remarkables Park Limited’s CEO. “It draws The Remarkables mountains into the facility through tall floor to ceiling glass panels, and from the outside the glass will provide a dramatic reflection of the mountains.”

The facility is designed so it can be built in stages to match demand. Stage I will be large enough to accommodate 700 plenary delegates and 500 banqueting in adjacent areas of the main hall, without the need to breakdown and re-set between day and night functions.

When used for conferencing alone the main hall will have capacity for up to 1400 delegates. The facility includes a separate foyer and exhibition spaces, both of which would be ideal for cocktail receptions or smaller functions.

Stage II would enable all capacities to increase by more than 60 per cent, plus more breakout spaces, still leaving room on the site for further expansion in the future.

Source: CIM Magazine


3.   Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion

The design for Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) upcoming expansion has been unveiled, with nearly 20,000sqm of flexible, multi-purpose event space including new exhibition halls and additional meeting and banquet rooms in the planning.

It will be fully connected and integrated with the existing Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, increasing its total size to over 70,000sqm.

MCEC chief executive Peter King said the expansion was critical to ensuring the venue can continue to accommodate the growing global demand for multi-purpose meetings and event spaces.  “This expansion means more events for Melbourne and most importantly, allows our customers to grow their events with us.”

The project is part of a South Wharf development that will connect visitors and local traders with a new 341-room hotel and multi-deck car parking facilities. Preliminary works on MCEC’s expansion have commenced, with construction estimated to be completed in early 2018.

Source: CIM Magazine


4.   QEII Centre conference numbers soar by a fifth

Revenue and occupancy figures at the QEII Centre in London have risen by 20 per cent since investing £12 million on a rebrand and refurbishment – a new image and upgraded tech, plus a revamp of event spaces and foyer area since 2014.  It has now recorded its highest occupancy levels to date with a growth over the two years of 20.1 per cent and a total revenue growth of 20.07 per cent.

Room hire income has grown by 22 per cent, and operating surplus has exceeded budget expectations by 16 per cent. And as the QEII is government-owned, it has boosted the Exchequer’s coffers by £1.7m – a 13 per cent increase on 2014/15.

CEO Mark Taylor said: “The investment in refurbishing the building and rebranding has proved well worthwhile, resulting in increased new business for us as well as exceptional levels of client satisfaction and repeat business, with some contracts in place for the next decade.



5.   New venue for Farnborough Air Show Organisers

The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is expected to be completed by 2018 at Farnborough Airport, with work scheduled to start immediately after this year’s Farnborough Air Show.

The centre will replace Farnborough International’s Hall 1, a temporary structure, and will complement the existing 3,000 sqm FIVE conferencing and exhibition facility already on site.

Farnborough is also aiming for a diverse range of sectors, taking advantage of its location in the ‘M3 sci-tech corridor’ in the United Kingdom.




Penang, MALAYSIA (7 – 9 JUNE)

– Rod Kamleshwaran & Joyce Joeman, Convention Centre Development. Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Denver, USA (12 – 16 JUNE) 

– Paul Vallee, Americas & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Paul.

Macau SAR (13 – 18 JUNE)

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike.

Herceg Novi, MONTENEGRO (14 – 17 JUNE) 

– Milos Milovanovic, Europe & Developing Economies. Click here to make an appointment with Milo.

Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Chiba, JAPAN (18 – 27 JUNE) 

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike.

Penang & Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA (20 – 24 JUNE) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran, Convention Centre Development.  Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Sapporo, Sendai, JAPAN (24 – 30 JUNE)

– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary.


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