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Expansion of Hungexpo Budapest Congress Centre gets underway

The Hungexpo Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center has kicked off its £151 million refurbishments by laying the foundation stone at the new congress centre.

The refurbishment project is being co-funded by the government and GL events and aims to open by 2021. As part of the expansion, two new exhibition halls, a new reception building and a congress centre will be built to create the city’s largest meeting and event facility.

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.

“This is the most important day of our company since its foundation, 50 years ago,” said Ganczer.

“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 centre. With the current development, the capital will have the opportunity to host basically any size of international congress, conference or exhibition” he added.

The new halls will add an exceptional amount of space to the venue, with Hall D set to be 5,700sqm and Hall D2 providing an additional 7,300sqm of space.

All existing pavilions will also 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.

The new congress centre will feature three levels, including a 2,000-pax auditorium and 24 smaller meeting rooms, plus a 2,300sqm rooftop terrace.

The congress centre will also be equipped with a recessed gala seating system, which will allow vent planners to adapt the venue to suit all types of requests in a short period of time.

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