THE CITY of Hyderabad is preparing to host a mega UN-related biological diversity convention from October 1 to 19, the longest (19 days) and the largest conference (an expected attendance of 8,000 to 10,000 participants) ever to be held in India.
Jalil (Gary) Khan, CEO, Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau, said the city would be under a massive spotlight as delegates set to attend the convention include prime ministers of 194 countries, and officials from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The event will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. “Hyderabad was chosen as the venue as it has the facilities. Bombay or New Delhi do not,” said Khan.
According to Khan, the city’s inventory of 5,000 rooms will be able to accommodate the influx of delegates, as the convention will be held in three stages. â€œHyderabad will not close down during the event â€“ there are still rooms. New four- and five-star hotels are also coming up,” he said.