In the spring of 2018, the City of Bruges commissioned the construction of a new trade fair and convention centre to ‘Beursgenootschap Souto de Moura – META – CFE’. The new building will be located in the historical city centre, within easy walking distance from most hotels and sights. It will open its doors at the end of 2021.
The architecture is plain but very functional, supporting the needs of the users. The trade fair section will measure 4 500 sum, whereas the conference section has a capacity of up to 500 attendants. The ‘three chairs’-principle will be applied, which means that every attendant will have a chair in the plenary hall, one in the catering area and one in the break-out rooms. All facilities will be available: a plenary hall with – among other things – 500 retractable seats, a large foyer, poster areas, eight modular break-out rooms and a catering area on the top floor offering magnificent views of the city. There is ample flexibility for various conference setups for small meetings as well as for large international conferences.
“The unique location of this new state-of-the-art building, in the very heart of a Unesco World Heritage City and within walking distance from all central hotels, restaurants and attractions is an absolute unique selling point. All rooms can be used in flexible formats (plug & play), in order to respond optimally to the specific wishes of organizers. The ingenious architecture ensures a smooth logistical flow, even when several events take place simultaneously. We are eagerly looking forward to the inauguration of the building in the autumn of 2021”says Meeting in Brugge’s Sales Manager Sarah Cornand. The construction works will start on 16 September 2019.
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