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Snapshots of convention centers in the Northwest U.S. and Europe

  • NORTHWEST U.S.

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Bell Harbor International Conference Center, located on Seattle’s waterfront, offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the city. With 100,000 square feet of conference area consisting of 25 meeting rooms, Bell Harbor has won the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Awards multiple years by providing state-of-the-art technology. Meals are specially prepared by executive chefs embracing Northwestern cuisine with a twist. Bell Harbor is also conveniently located walking distance away from the famous Pike Place Market, a shopping utopia allowing guests to explore the ambiance Seattle has to offer.

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Oregon Convention Center

Reputably one of the greenest cities in America, Portland hosts the largest convention center in the American Northwest. The Oregon Convention Center features a $2 million collection of art, the Oregon Convention Center consists of 50 meeting rooms, 255,000 square feet of exhibit space, environmentally-friendly Rain Garden fountain, and 16 readily accessible docks comprising of 8,000 square feet of indoor dock space. The convention center is also LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and on-site catering is provided by the Northwest Fresh Catering.

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In the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho, the Boise Centre has prominent views of the Boise National Forest and the Boise River. The center offers 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a 25,000 square foot ballroom, 20 meeting rooms and a 349 seat auditorium. Serving more than 200,000 guests at over 300 events annually, the Boise Centre accommodations include the Grove Plaza, a local meeting place well-known for its entertainment.

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  • EUROPE

Haliç Congress Center

Lying in the European part of Eurasia is the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. The venue’s general manager, Handan Boyce, brought more international attention to the venue in November 2014 by running as International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president. Inside the peaceful, seaside congress center is 100,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant and various open halls and lounges. Operating since 2009, the venue consists of four interconnected buildings on 102,000 square meters of land and many amenities to support national and international events.

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As the venue’s officials like to say, “A cube is born!” Upon opening in May 2014, the Messe Berlin-managed CityCube Berlin hosted many events, including the AIPC 2014 Annual Conference in June. Accommodating these and future events is 47 meeting rooms and 130,000 square feet of exhibition space. The German venue is already popular among organizers, having snagged convention bookings up to 2021. CityCube Berlin replaces ICC Berlin, which closed due to asbestos and other structural issues.

Messe Berlin

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