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View from abroad

Published: 19 Oct 2018

The month, venuefinder.com casts its eye further afield to bring you the latest news and developments from the global venue scene

Caesars Forum breaks ground

Caesars Entertainment has started work on Caesars Forum, a new 550,000-square-foot conference and exhibition centre in Las Vegas.

The $375 million investment, scheduled to open in 2020, will feature the two largest pillar-less ballrooms in the world and more than 300,000 square feet of flexible space.

The two 110,000-square-foot ballrooms are each divisible into 38 and 39 sections. The conference centre can hold meetings for more than 10,000 attendees and will offer the latest in technology.

In addition, the conference centre will feature Forum Plaza, a 100,000-square-foot dedicated outdoor plaza. 

Grimaldi Forum Monaco to benefit from extension

The Principality of Monaco has launched an offshore extension project, which will expand its territory by six hectares in 2020.

Within this ambitious urban framework, the Grimaldi Forum will enjoy extended facilities.

An additional area for nearly 6,000sqm will allow the Grimaldi Forum to accommodate larger-scale events and increase its capacity by 50%.

These extra event areas and conference rooms will be easily accessible and connected to the Diaghilev Exhibition Hall on level one. This extended area will also have its own independent entrance. 

Frankfurt’s Hall 12 hosts first event

The new Hall 12 at Messe Frankfurt hosted its first event – automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika – in September, although its official opening isn't scheduled until the end of this month.

Split over two levels, it adds a total 33,600sqm of event space to the Frankfurt Messe portfolio, the equivalent of five football pitches. The lower level can be partitioned in various ways, offering plenty of scope for different styles of event. 

The Hall has been designed with sustainability at its heart. The roof is tiled in 9,000sqm of solar panels making it possible to generate enough energy to cover the average annual consumption of 241 four-person households.

Via Mobile, a covered and glazed transport system with moving walkways and escalators, links the new hall to the other venues within the exhibition grounds.

Mexican ICC opens

A new convention space in La Paz, Mexico has opened. The International Convention Centre of La Paz offers 179,000 square feet of exhibition and conference space next to the Sea of Cortez. 

The ICC La Paz is 25 minutes from the La Paz International Airport and two hours north of the Los Cabos International Airport. 

The venue features two halls each of which hold four rooms with varying capacities.

The Balandra Hall has space for larger groups, while the Pichilingue Hall can be used for more intimate events.

Outside, there’s a large forecourt with views out over the sea that provides space for scenic outdoor receptions. Surrounded by an onyx stone wall with LED lighting, the forecourt can also be transformed into a concert venue or gala space. 

LVCCD gets phase two go-head 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has taken the final step needed to begin construction on the Las Vegas Convention Centre District’s (LVCCD) Phase Two expansion by approving the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) agreement. This approval allows the development project to break ground. 

The LVCCD Phase Two expansion project will add 1.4 million square feet to the current convention centre facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new event space. 

Phase Three will then see the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility, with a projected completion date of 2023. 

By Mike Fletcher

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