The Flanders Meetings & Conventions Centre (FMCCA) has announced the official opening of its new convention centre in Antwerp and A Room With A Zoo. Located within the preserved 19th century zoo, the Centre provides the Meetings Industry sector with a new venue.
Anja Stas, Chief Commercial Officer FMCCA: “HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium officially opened the FMCCA on 27th November. Combining history with the very latest technology, in a city often described as small but with a larger than life attitude for culture and business, this brand new Centre is set within one of the founding Zoo’s in the world. With meeting and conference rooms in historical surroundings and facilities that will provide a truly unique attitude and creativity to meetings and events – we have a living and breathing historic monument now accessible to the world of meetings and events”.
The proceeds of all commercial activities – including those of every event – will go entirely to operating the parks and the Centre for Research and Conservation.
The legacy of the 19th Century Great Hall, the Marble Hall, The Winter Garden, Darwin Hall and the Verlat Hall are now all available as part of the conference centre, plus 20-30 meeting rooms with over 25,000m2 and a capacity to hold events for up to 2,700 delegates. The venue provides flexible open space areas and venues for banquets and dinners including the Aquarium which houses one of Europe’s largest reef aquarium. Dinner@ Zoo also provides options to hold garden parties, Galas Dinners and networking events in the Zoo when it is closed to the public.
Antwerp Zoo was opened in 1843, and is one of the founding zoos in the world with some 7000 animals and 550 species. It has an award winning reputation for global preservation and breeding programmes.