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Meeting Facilities

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."

Need more on exhibition halls/exposition centers?  Visit our market feasibility page or the International Association of Expositions and Events.

Convention Centers

"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."

Need more on convention centers? Visit our market feasibility page or the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

Conference Centers

"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 host."

More information on conference center market feasibility

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