Convention and expo tourism in Buenos Aires has surged in recent years, so the city’s newest urban development project should be a magnet for attracting more international trade and industry expos.
The City of Buenos Aires will open a bid process before the end of the year for the construction of a new 200,000 square foot (19,000 m2) Convention and Expo Center (CEC) which, like the Metropolitan Design Center and Technology District, will transform a long neglected and underutilized corner of the capital city.
The new building will replace the old City Expo Center on a coveted stretch of Recoleta real estate on Avenida Alcorta between the Parque Thays and the United Nations Plaza. In addition, the adjacent parking lot will be converted into a five acre public park, according to La Nacion’s Angeles Castro.
City officials estimate the cost of both projects around 253 million pesos (US$43 million), and both will open to the public in 2017. In addition to creating more green space in Buenos Aires, the Expo Center would be more accessible to the public when the new H Line of the Subte opens in Recoleta. (Full Story in Spanish)
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