The New Toulouse Exhibition & Convention Centre Opens in June 2020

Event Africa Contributor 07/12/2018 Industry News

Innovative, accessible, multi-functional, modular: the new exhibition and convention centre of Toulouse is worthy of a name that matches the quality of its facilities.

The Toulouse Métropole Development Agency and Toulouse Evénements (GL events Group) have taken advantage of the key get-together that is the IBTM1 World Show in order to announce the name and the official launch of this exceptional site to the international business travel community.

Due to be opened in June 2020, and with buildings works already well-advanced, it is now able to fully present the major highlights of this mixed-use venue that is unique in Europe, because it has both an Exhibition Park and a Convention Centre on the same place. Boasting state-of-the-art facilities and an architecture that is resolutely modern, designed by Rem Koolhas (OMA), the Exhibition and Convention Centre will have the capacity to adapt to events of any scale, including the most ambitious, thanks to the following features :

• The Exhibition Park is a continuous hall of 40 000 sqm which can divided in 7 halls, complete with two
Mezzanines and a covered central and main street of 14 000 sqm, which provides a link to the
convention centre.
• A convention centre of 15,000 sqm capable of accommodating up to 3,400 people for plenary
sessions, which is made up of a 9,000 sqm multi-use space and 12 modular meeting rooms.
• 25,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition space that will be able to host demonstrations, large-scale
installations, entertainments or events in the open air.
• An on-site hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, offering a capacity of 289 rooms, which will round off a global
hotel offer in Toulouse that can accommodate more than 42,000 people spread across its hotels,
aparthotels and online rentals.
• Optimum access: 5,000 parking spaces indoors and outdoors; a tramway stop on site that provides
access to Toulouse Blagnac Airport (No.1 business airport in France) in just 15 minutes and a direct
connection to the city centre in 40 minutes.

The bustling epicentre of the Occitanie region, Toulouse, the European City of Science in 2018, is a dynamic and attractive international city with a legendary quality of life. The global capital of aeronautics and the Space industry, a leader in France for R&D, a well-renowned science hub, for a number of years now it has featured on the list of key destinations offering excellence when it comes to hosting scientific congresses. Evidence of this can be found in its ranking as the 4th city in France according to the ICCA 2 classification even before this new major facility arrives.

The Metropolis of Toulouse and all its partners (Occitanie Region, the Haute-Garonne Department, Tisséo), alongside their delegate body Toulouse Evénements/GL events, are working together to launch the new exhibition and convention centre onto the market, showcasing of the economic dynamism of this area.

The Convention Bureau of the Development Agency, whose specific missions are to facilitate, support and accompany the establishment of events here, also allows project leaders to benefit from an expert with regards to their requirements and a comprehensive range of associated skills and services.