Fiero Milano congress centre opens for business


ITALY – One of Europe’s largest congress centres opens on 7 May in Milan.
The new venue repurposes halls five and six of the Fiera Milano exhibition centre and integrates them with the existing Milano Convention Center (MIC); one of the largest congress centres in Italy.
The congress hall will be christened by two large international medical-scientific events: the 21st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the 27th International Congress of Chemotherapy.
The new centre will be officially presented to international organisers on 20 May.
“The decision to triple the size of the MIC is derived from the demands of the market, said Executive Director of Fiera Milano Congressi, Francesco Conci.
“There are international conferences of more than 10,000 delegates taking place, for which we are now – with the new complex – able to compete. The extension project has immediately been successful, as we already have international events booked in the new centre up until 2017, for between 5 and 20 thousand delegates.”
The complex, built by Fondazione Fiera Milano with an investment of €64m places the city among the most prestigious congressdestinations in Europe, crucially allowing Fiera Milano Congressi, which runs the business, to compete on equal terms with competitors offering both exhibition and convention programmes.
Privately-funded work is already underway in Milan for Expo 2015, Italy’s take on the international event held in Shanghai last year. It will ultimately provide Milan with 54,000sqm of exhibition space, seating for up to 18,000 people, a 1500-seat auditorium, a meeting space with about 4500 seats and 64 modular meeting rooms from 20 to 2000 seats.
Other scheduled exhibitions and conferences events include energy generation event PowerGen Europe on 7-9 Jun and energy resource show AAPG International Conference and Exhibition on 23-26 October.
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