Friday, November 12, 2010

Exhibition Spaces

Yesterday, I visited Makuhari-Messe for the first time to take a look at the "Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2010".  This exhibition occupied just one hall of this sprawling international convention complex - and what a huge place it was!

While taking a look around, I wondered how it compares with similar sites in India.  But what do we compare? Pragati Maidan in Delhi, spread across 150 acres (0.61km) and has 18 halls with 72,000 sq.m. of exhibition space. At Hyderabad, the first (and only?) privately owned Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) has one hall covering 6,450 sq.m.

If we were to take the quality and service at HICC, and multiply it a few times over with the area available at Pragati Maidan, the result might be something like Makuhari-Messe. Its exhibition space alone covers 210,000 sq.m.!  And to think that this place is smaller than the space available at Tokyo Big Sight (230,000 sq.m.), right in the heart of the city...

Add to this the facilities on offer - logistic support, connectivity, accomodation and recreaction...and that thought (deja vu?) comes once again - "We have such a long-long way to go..."!


Makuhari-Messe, Chiba, Japan -

Tokyo Big Sight -

Pragati Maidan / ITPO -
PM at Wiki -

Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) -

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