Hereâ€™s TTGmiceâ€™s weekly round up of MICE developments outside of Asia.
Monaco: Grimaldi Forum to benefit from city extension
The Principality of Monaco has launched an offshore extension project, which will expand its territory by six hectares in 2020.
The future eco-district, which has been named Portier Cove, will comprise a one-hectare public park; a 3,000 m2 retail area; a 9,000 m2 extension for Grimaldi Forum congress and conference centre; a marina with approximately 30 moorings; and public facilities such as a 160-space car park.
The additional area will allow the Grimaldi Forum to accommodate larger-scale events and increase its exhibition capacity by 50 per cent. These extra exhibition areas and conference rooms will be easily accessible and connected to the Diaghilev Exhibition Hall on level one. The extended area will also have its own independent entrance.
Manchester: EventCity to upgrade its offerings
EventCity, the largest exhibition and events venue in the north of England, has begun a major investment into updating its event spaces, including Hall 4. The Â£500,000 (US$644,761) refurbishment includes refurbishing all 10 of the venueâ€™s meeting rooms and renaming them after Manchester people both past and present such as Emmeline Pankhurst, George Stephenson and Tom Kilburn, creator of the first computer.
San Francisco: Moscone Center opens its doors
The US$551 million refurbishment of Moscone Centre â€“ the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California â€“ has been completed.
The construction, which was completed in phases over four years, has added 14,585m2 of usable space. In total, the Moscone Center now offers more than 46,900m2 of contiguous space and boasts a new 4,624m2 column-free ballroom. Before expansion, the largest contiguous space was about 24,150m2.