In keeping with its status as Israel’s major sophisticated cosmopolitan venue - the consummate start-up city in
the “Start-up Nation,” as Israel has been defined - Tel Aviv has always been a venue for conferences, conventions and exhibitions, with larger events taking place at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, located in the northern part of the city. Spanning an
area of more than 75 acres in northern Tel Aviv, it features a range of exhibition pavilions and halls, and
hosts hundreds of events and exhibitions each year. Now, the center’s facilities and attraction have been enhanced by the inauguration of the first stage of a new multi-year project to develop 300,000 additional square meters of space for various uses, including Pavilion #2, its largest indoor facility ever, which opened early in 2015. No facility like it exists in Israel
today. The new building features a column-free 7600m²
modular main hall, divisible into three 2000m² sections, rising to a height of 20 meters It also comprises a roster of halls, enabling a number of major conventions
to be held at the same time, even for events seating up to 10,000 participants. Aside from that, Pavilion #10, the largest until recently, was renovated a few years ago and transformed into a complex featuring five fully equipped smaller spaces, each with a full complements of built-in audio/visual equipment and seating for between 200-500 theater style.
In addition to this state-of-the-art major center, dedicated banquet and conference halls of various sizes, capable of hosting groups of 1000 participants or more in some of the larger properties, have been developed over the past two decades While most of the business in the Greater Tel Aviv area takes place in the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center and in hotels, new facilities with the potential to attract international gatherings have been developed as well, including one next to Ben Gurion International Airport and a newer venue in Rishon Le Zion, to target both the local and incoming market. The latter is even large enough to host automobile shows, which it has started to do.
Moreover, a growing number of institutions with halls are outfitting them with the requisite audio/visual equipment to transform them into facilities that suit the needs of conferences, seminars, etc. The most modern, state-of-the-art upgrades are available, together with experts specializing in the planning, installation and maintenance of permanent and mobile systems. The range includes video mapping; closed loop receivers for meetings of thousands of people; concurrent technical instrumentation for a large number of halls; video and audio recordings of plenary and committee sessions; transcriptions; public address systems; audio-visual equipment; typing; layout; printing and publication. Equipment for video conferencing is also available, for link-up with conventions or an audience abroad, as is a full range of other media services, including TV productions, facilities for closed-circuit activities, satellite coverage and cable links.