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JUN/JUL 2012
Scheduled for completion in 2016, the Oman Convention & Exhibition
Centre will feature 22,000 sqm/236,806 sqft of column-free exhibition
space that will function as a multi-purpose space for plenary
sessions, concerts, performances, gala events on a larger scale,
seating up to 10,000 people theatre-style. The Centre will also include
a 3,200-seat auditorium, an additional 14 meeting rooms for 70-360
delegates, two ballrooms that will seat up to 2,360, a VIP Pavilion,
a spacious food-court, and a multi-storey carpark with capacity for
4,000 vehicles. Located in the Hayy Al Ifran district, only 4 km/2.4
miles from Muscat International Airport, the Oman Convention &
Exhibition Centre will be part of a fully integrated project housing a
5-star hotel, as well as two 4-star hotels and a 3-star hotel totaling
1,000 rooms, a shopping center and a business park. It will also
incorporate expansive concourse areas with floor-to-ceiling windows
overlooking landscaped gardens and water features. Visit
r more information.
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Germany No. 1
in Europe, No. 2
Worldwide as
Germany once again holds the position of
one of the leading global destinations for
meetings and conventions. For the eighth
year in a row, International Congress &
Convention Association (ICCA) rankings
show Germany is the top location in Europe
for association meetings, occupying
second place worldwide. According to
the rankings, only the U.S. had more
international conventions in 2011. In
the ICCA city rankings, Vienna had the
most international congresses, staging
181 such events in 2011, with Paris
(174), Barcelona (150), Berlin (147) and
Singapore (142) rounding out the top five.
“It is no accident that Germany is a fixture
among the world leaders in organising
international conventions,” says Matthias
Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB
German Convention Bureau. “As well as
offering very good value for the money,
excellent infrastructure and a wide range
of event centres, Germany also scores
highly in terms of innovation. For example,
Germany [is] a leader in the area green
meetings, a theme that will continue to
grow in importance going forward.” The
annual ICCA statistical study,
Association Meetings Market
, evaluates
trends in the international meetings market.
The ICCA studies association meetings
with at least 50 participants, which take
place regularly and rotate between at least
three countries. More information at
Swiss Convention
Centers Welcome
10th Member
Swiss Convention Centers, an alliance of
Switzerland’s largest convention venues,
recently announced that a new member
– the Kongress + Kursaal Bern – will join
the organization after a multi-million-euro
modernization program is completed in
mid-2012. Swiss Convention Centers will
now consist of 10 Swiss partners operating
venues that host large events of 500 to 4,000
participants. They all have a net exhibition
area of at least 1,000 sqm/16,760 sqft, with
sufficient hotel accommodation in the vicinity,
plus competitive accessibility. While each of
the 10 congress centers places great emphasis
on individuality and flexibility, they are all
committed to quality and share a typical Swiss
character. The 10 current members are located
in Basel, Bern, Davos, Geneva, Interlaken,
Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Montreux and
Zürich. For more information, go to
Conferences and events
in the Alps/Austria
The 5* Hotel Schloss Lebenberg with 150 rooms
and suites as well as 5 conference rooms up to
420 sqm/4,520 sqft, offers a unique setting in
Austria’s Kitzbühel.
With an extensive range of summer and
winter activity possibilities, the “castle”
Schloss Lebenberg is very well suited for
incentive trips and multi-faceted programs.
Numerous sport activities allow for a varied
stay and also enhance a “meeting life” outside
meeting and conference rooms.
Hotel Schloss Lebenberg, Kitzbühel, Austria
Phone +43 5356 6901
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Under Construction