Turkey’s largest convention center nears completion in Antalya
ANTALYA/ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
DHA photoTurkey’s biggest convention center is almost finished and is scheduled to open its doors in April for EXPO 2016 Antalya.
Located in the southern province and seaside city of Antalya, the new center is being built on 41,000-square meters of land and will have a seating capacity of 5,003 people, according to the project builders.
TACA Construction said on Jan. 14 that the building would be second only to the Korea Culture Center, which can seat 5,800 people.
The EXPO 2016 Antalya Convention Center will also house five halls, each with a 1,000-person seating capacity, as well as eight others with a total seating capacity of 500.
Tayyar Akyurt, the chairman of TACA Construction, said the center would become one of Turkey’s iconic landmarks and also play a key role in helping to extend Antalya’s tourism season to 12 months a year.
Currently 80 percent completed, the center will host EXPO 2016 Antalya, which will see many international meetings, panels and congresses during a six-month period from April 23 to Oct. 30.
EXPO is a large and universal public exhibition held annually in different cities across the world. EXPO 2015 opened in May last year in the Italian city of Milan.