Conference centres and exhibition centres
The primary function of conference centres and exhibition centres is to host professional gatherings (congresses, seminars, meetings) and commercial events (trade fairs, fairs for the general public). Depending on their configuration, they can also serve to host sporting or cultural events and should be designed to accommodate a varied programme of activities and uses (shows, congresses with an exhibition component, etc.).
These facilities constitute part of a territory's infrastructure and should be designed for use by professionals and the general public alike. While they often operate at a loss and rarely cover their investment costs, they nevertheless remain important showcases for the territories, contributing to raise their profile and generating significant benefits (economic knock-on effects, fiscal revenues, etc.).
One of the main challenges lies in correctly matching facilities (buildings and their functions) with the characteristics and the actual economic potential of the territory.
In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:
- analysing the functioning and market positionning of existing congress centres and exhibition centres
- efficiently implementing construction and opertating projects: contracting, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities