Refurbished Hungexpo Budapest Congress & Exhibition Centre is Now Open

  • 25 Oct 2021 2:17 PM
Refurbished Hungexpo Budapest Congress & Exhibition Centre is Now Open
After a complete refurbishment taking two years, Hungexpo Budapest reopened in September to welcome exhibitors and visitors to Budapest’s fully renewed Congress and Exhibition Centre.

During the pandemic, Hungexpo Budapest, a GL events site, underwent a EUR 170m
programme of expansion and refurbishment, including the enlarging of the exhibition

New buildings:
✓ A 21st-century architectural design structure, with an entry hall on the ground floor and HUNGEXPO offices on the 2nd and 3rd levels, is also part of the new construction. The building is already becoming a landmark of the Congress and Exhibition Centre.

✓ The addition of two new event halls – Hall H (5,700sqm) and Hall E (7,300sqm) – takes the total indoor space available to 70,000sqm.

✓ The three-level state-of-the-art Congress Centre (Hall C) on 15,000sqm includes a 2,000pax plenary hall and three dozen smaller meeting rooms, plus a 2,500sqm expo area and a rooftop terrace.

✓ A kitchen and confectionery that can serve 2,000 people covers 1,320sqm (with a 54sqm cold room and 24sqm freezer).

With the two new exhibition halls and the new congress centre, HUNGEXPO is now the largest multifunctional exhibition and congress venue in Central Eastern Europe.

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.”

“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.”

Sven Bossu, CEO of AIPC, International Association of Convention Centres, visited the site on the occasion of the opening:

“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.

This needs to be considered in combination with the renewed exhibition halls, varying from 5,000sqm to 20,000sqm, 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.”

Hungexpo Budapest, Hungary's largest venue and event organizing company, established its Hosted Events business unit, in addition to its well-known exhibitions, when the new owner, the French GL events group, took over the company in 2006.

GL events has not only undertaken to modernize the area, but also paved the way for huge international conferences and exhibitions such as the Congress of the European Football Association (UEFA), the Pan European Dealer Conference of KIA Motors, Bocuse D’Or European Selection in 2016, the ERA-EDTA 2019 Congress (with 9,000 attendees), and ITU Telecom World 2019 Telecommunications Conference (with 4,000 participants).

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. As of September, events are returning to our refurbished and rejuvenated venue.

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 14 October 2021.”

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