Monday, 12 March 2012

A Guide to the Exhibition Centres in Canada

Located north of Old Montreal, the Palais des Congrès de Montréal has doubled its capacity since its renovation between 1999 and 2002. The exhibition centre is easily accessible due to its close proximity to Paris' business center, the Quartier international, the Quartier des spectacles, Chinatown, and Old Montréal, as well as the international airport and underground pedestrian network. The Centre offers two large, fully equipped reception halls for large events or two smaller events that run simultaneously. The two halls each provide a registration area, ticketing, bus terminals, coat check, washrooms, access to other levels, and parking.

These services are provided on Level 1, where the commercial mall is located. The mall is home to approximately 20 stores and service centres. Level 2 provides 200,000 square feet of exhibition space that can hold up to 1,000 booths. It is also home to Canada's largest multipurpose room that is not supported by columns. Audiovisual and telecommunications points of service are accessible at every 29 feet. On Level 3, visitors will find the promoter's offices that include a meeting space, office, and secretariat, while private lounges equipped with a satellite kitchen are found on Levels 4 and 7. Level 7 opens up to a wide terrace that is perfect for cocktail luncheons for VIP guests.

The Vancouver Convention And Exhibition Centre was founded in 1987 as the Canada Pavilion during Expo 86. The Five Sails of the complex are a recognized landmark in Vancouver City. The East building offers exhibitors more than 150,000 square feet of space that covers two levels. This space includes a lobby and delegate concourse, exhibition halls, ballroom capacity, and meeting rooms. The West Building is expected to be open to exhibitors in 2008. It will provide unique features to best enhance its position with a waterfront setting, offering 340,000 square feet of space. The two buildings will be linked by a harbour-view connector. After the expansion has been completed, the complex will have tripled in size to a total area of almost 500,000 square feet. The expansion plans are being expedited in order to make way for the upcoming 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, for which the centre will become the Games' the international broadcast centre and main press centre.

The Direct Energy Centre was awarded the Trade Show Executive's 2006 Innovation Award as well as two BOMA awards in 2006. Offering a wide variety of halls of various heights and sizes, the center aims to serve the needs of all kinds of events. It provides loading and unloading facilities, floor loading, a range of sound and lighting systems, temperature control, state of the art telecommunications equipment, and numerous utilities.

Catherine writes about UK exhibition stand design and Literature Stands.

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