Danter and Associates offers market
feasibility studies for all types of meeting/convention
facility development. Following are descriptions of the
different types of meeting facilities, and links to industry
organizations All descriptions are from Sports,
Convention, and Entertainment Facilities, David C.
Peterson (Urban Land Institute).
Exhibition Halls/Exposition Centers
"An exhibition hall may contain 50,000 to over 1 million
square feet of contiguous flat-floor space with a 25- to
35-foot-high ceiling. The space is typically larger than
that of the local hotel's largest ballroom or exhibit
facilities. The total contiguous area of an exhibition
hall located in the center city is often limited by the number
of city blocks that can be assembled (how many streets can be
closed) to provide contiguous floor space on grade. Hence,
halls are often located next to rivers, lakes, or rail lines at
the edge of a central core."
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Association of Expositions and Events.
"A convention center contains one of more exhibition
halls and a large number of meeting or "breakout"
rooms. Total meeting-room and ballroom space is typically
one-third to one-half the size of the center's exhibition space.
Space is usually provided for a kitchen, separate ballroom, or
banquet hall and, occasionally, for a theater-style assembly
center. Entry lobbies are usually sized to accommodate
attendee registration. Interior lobbies, for entry to
ballrooms or banquet halls, often serve as prefunction areas and
are sized to host receptions or cocktail parties for guests
before a banquet, ball, or assembly event."
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feasibility page or the International
Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.
"According to the International
Association of Conference Centers (IACC), conference centers
typically consist of guest rooms located next to or near the
center, though some centers are in fact nonresidential. . . .The
biggest differences between conference centers and convention
centers are the size of the group served (typically smaller in
convention centers) and the level of service provided (typically
higher in conference centers). Further, conference centers
offer a higher ratio of meeting space to guest rooms and provide
upscale furnishings (i.e., upholstered ergonomic chairs),
high-tech audiovisual equipment, skilled conference planning
staff, and other amenities that maximize the effectiveness of
the seminars and other intensive, high-value meetings that they
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