5 things you didn't know about Expo Tel Aviv

For planners looking for a stand-out convention centre for their next event, Expo Tel Aviv on Israel's Mediterranean coast could be the perfect place. Here's five stand-out facts about this leading international venue...

Eurovision 2019

Expo Tel Aviv certainly sealed its reputation as a leading international venue after a slick performance – coupled with phenomenal staging – as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This versatile convention complex not only excels at entertainment events but also ticks the box for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and gala events of all sizes, from small groups up to 10,000 people.

Tech hub

Nicknamed the ‘Start-up Nation’, the hip city of Tel Aviv has established itself as a global centre for tech in recent years and now boasts the highest number of high-tech companies and start-ups per capita in the world, according to the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem Report. This makes the modern and technologically-advanced Expo Tel Aviv the perfect event choice for the tech sector. Notable events next year include the New-Tech Exhibition, and Cybertech Global, which will attract 18,000 delegates. Tel Aviv is an up-and-coming destination for medicine and academia, too.

New developments

Expo Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest conference facility, rebranded from Trade Fairs Center in 2018 to affirm its prominence as a venue for global events. The centre was established in 1932 and moved to its current location on Rokach Boulevard in 1959. Over the years, the site has undergone multiple renovations and added an amusement park and new spaces, including Pavilion 2, a 10,000-seat conference hall that opened in 2015. It also has a 1,500-capacity rooftop terrace offering romantic city vistas. As part of a new phase to transform the area into a hub for leisure and recreation, as well as MICE, major developments are underway including a 500-room business hotel, a strip of five restaurants and coffee shops, new meeting and work spaces, plus a ‘leisure boulevard’ for outdoor events.

Association growth

This eco-friendly venue offers almost as much outdoor space as it does indoors, with 20,000m2 for exhibitions and 20 conference halls surrounded by elegant green lawns. It is home to 250-plus events each year and has recently experienced significant growth in association conferences. Major congresses include the Israeli Pediatric Association’s annual gathering, and the Israel Cardiology Association congress, which will take place in May 2020.

The venue takes sustainability very seriously, water is taken from the air conditioning systems to water the venue’s picturesque lawns – 2000 cubic liters of water is saved in this manner. Other eco-friendly initiatives include energy-efficient light bulbs, the use of biodegradable plates and cups and the venue’s city centre location encourages the use of public transport, with city bikes and electric scooters available for daily rental.

All about location

Expo Tel Aviv is easily accessible from all areas of the country with public transportation and major freeways located nearby. The venue is directly adjacent to the Tel Aviv university train station. Incentive activities are a short distance, too, as the centre sits within the bustling heart of Tel Aviv, which is renowned as a non-stop partying beach city and culinary haven with 14km of Mediterranean sands, minimalist Bauhaus architecture and cultural attractions such as the outstanding Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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