Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
It was formerly the Pavilion 7 of the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles.
The new venue for business meets,conventions and exhibition is now the largest convention center in Europe, with 72,000 sq metres of event space and a capacity of 35,000 people.
There are hundreds of event professionals attended the inauguration of the new two-year, 180 million euro (£160m) project, which marks the end of the first phase – out of three – of the refurbishment of the Parc des Expositions.
Jean-Francois Martins, deputy mayor of Paris for tourism, said that the business tourism figures are of almost dizzying importance, adding that the new center will bring in 1.2 billion euro (£1.1bn) in revenue, making it a fundamental sector for Paris.
The refurbishment of Parc des Expositions is a 500 million euro (£445m) project led by Viparis, an equally-owned subsidiary of Unibail-Rodamco and the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The second phase will see the creation of two new hotels on the site.
Christophe Cuvillier, CEO of Unibail-Rodamco, said that the ambition is to make Paris expo a new city district and make it the leading congress site in Europe. They are now having an opportunity to welcome very large congresses, which ensures significant economic benefits for Paris.
The Paris Convention Centre aims to host 75 events in two years, including 55 conferences. The first, organised by the European Society of Rheumatology, will be held on 7 December.