Convention center

The Hanover Fairground in Hanover, Germany

A convention center (American English; conference centre outside the USA)[1] is a large building that is designed to hold a convention, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. Convention centers typically offer sufficient floor area to accommodate several thousand attendees. Very large venues, suitable for major trade shows, are sometimes known as exhibition halls. Convention centers typically have at least one auditorium and may also contain concert halls, lecture halls, meeting rooms, and conference rooms. Some large resort area hotels include a convention center.


  • Meeting facilities with lodging: hotels that include their own convention space in addition to accommodation and other related facilities, known as convention hotels.
  • Meeting facilities without lodging: are convention centers that do not include accommodation; usually located adjacent to or near a hotel(s).[2]
  • Other: any convention and meeting facilities designed to hold large numbers of people. Can exist alone (e.g., stadiums, arenas, parks, etc.) or within other structures (e.g., university lecture halls, museums, theaters). Usually do not include accommodation.[3]

Some historic centersEdit

19th-century exhibition hallsEdit

Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building, host of the 1880 World's Fair

20th-century exhibition hallsEdit

21st-century exhibition hallsEdit

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "English definition of "convention centre"". Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ Wood, Roy C.; Brotherton, Bob (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Hospitality Management. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 413–414. ISBN 978-1-4129-0025-6.
  3. ^ Convention Industry Council (February 2011). The Economic Significance of Meeting to the U.S. Economy (Report). PwC.
  4. ^ "The History of Conference Centers". Lane End Conference Center. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill and Wood Green, North London". The Victorian Web. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ "La Rural | Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires - Centro de Exposiciones, Congresos, Convenciones y Eventos". Retrieved 2016-11-10.

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