The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre (FMCCA) has announced the official opening of its new convention center in Antwerp, as well as "A Room With a Zoo," a new venue set within the city's award-winning 19th-century zoo. FMCCA was officially opened this weekend by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
According to Anja Stas, chief commercial officer of FMCCA, "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 center is set within one of the founding zoos 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 focus is on offering something really different for our clients and delegates that could be an early morning run through the zoo surrounded by the elephants and giraffes, or a tea break with networking, watched over by gorillas," added Stas. "Breakfast with penguins, a yoga stretch by the flamingo pool or a nightly stroll through the sleeping zoo are all possible." The events staff creates customized programs for every group, she noted.
The facility is easily accessible via airports in Brussels or Antwerp and is adjacent to a railway station, providing a venue marked by low environmental impact, sustainability and low energy consumption. More than 4,600 hotel rooms are within walking distance of FMCCA.
On-site venues include the 19th Century Great Hall, Marble Hall, the Winter Garden, Darwin Hall and Verlat Hall, plus as many as 30 meeting rooms with the capacity for events of up 2,700 attendees. The venue provides flexible open-space areas and venues for banquets and dinners, including the Aquarium.
The Antwerp Zoo was opened in 1843 and is one of the founding zoos in the world, with some 7,000 animals and 550 species. It has an award-winning reputation for global preservation.