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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
convention centres big is best story By Brad Foster When you are involved in managing large association congresses or exhibitions on a grand scale, there is no going past dedicated facilities. H otels may be growing in size – and stature – when it comes to the competitive convention and exhibition segment, but it is still hard to go past purpose-built facilities that are tailor- made for events on a grand scale. The growth of the MICE market in recent times has seen unprecedented construction in purpose-built convention and exhibition facilities worldwide. And the Asia Pacific region has been at the forefront of new buildings. BOGCC One of the latest venues completed is the Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre (BOGCC). During the Beijing Olympics it was home to the Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre, and hosted the Olympic and Paralympic fencing and pentathlon pistol shooting events. The 220,000 square metre main structure is scheduled to reopen as the National Convention Centre of China in 2009. Located on Olympic Boulevard it was built at a cost of more than US$700 million and, as the name suggests, has a considerable number of environmental elements built into its design. Green features include rainwater collection on the roof for flushing systems and the irrigation of the surrounding landscape, an ice storage cooling system and a “free air cooling” ventilation system in the 22 miceAsia.net public foyers of the convention centre. The centre has been designed as a destination in its own right with office space, retail, and hotels providing year-round interest in the area. The design reflects the Beijing government’s plans for the ongoing regeneration of the north eastern part of the city of Beijing. SUNTEC With 100,000 square metres of available floor space, the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of Asia’s best for meetings, conventions and exhibitions. Suntec Singapore has a total of 31 meeting rooms which can accommodate groups from 10 to 400 people. All rooms are fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual, theatrical and lighting equipment. There is also a VIP executive suite featuring its own lounge and bar area that can seat up to 26 delegates. Located on Level 6, the convention halls offer the largest column- free meeting area in Asia (according to Suntec), spanning 12,000 square metres of total floor space. Multi-functional and flexible, the halls are used for conventions, exhibitions, banquets and concerts. They can accommodate up to 10,000 delegates in theatre-style seating or 10,600 square metres of exhibition space. Covering 12,000 square metres of space that can be subdivided into four sections, the exhibition halls are located on Level 4. Purpose-