Cited widely as an up and coming destination for Latin American trade shows and events, Quito, Ecuador, is preparing to expand its exhibition footprint with construction of a new venue that will be surrounded by an entire trade show and event complex. (See illustration at right.)
According to Quito tourism officials, when the central part of the Metropolitan Convention Center and its adjoining exhibition halls and meeting rooms are completed, they will encompass more than 300,000 square feet. Also included in the space will be an auditorium for 800 people, two reception areas, and offices. The two exhibition halls being constructed will be able to host 4,000 people in each, planners said, which is a dramatic increase from the 300-person capacity that the city currently as for events.
“The massive project is set to become an important part of the Quito landscape and an asset for the city as it strives to become a leading destination for meetings and events,” said Quito Turismo. “It is an ambitious and strategic project in the heart of the capital’s Bicentennial Park that will boost the city’s offering as a leading destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions at a regional and global level.”
Phase 1 is expected to be completed by June of 2018, though additional phases intend to add elements such as hotels, restaurants, a concert hall, office space, recreation areas, and a medical outpost to the neighborhood surrounding the venue.