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Eurexpo Lyon's new Hall 2.1 opens for Lyon International Fair

Eurexpo Lyon's new Hall 2.1 was inaugurated on Friday, March 20, for the opening of the Lyon International Fair. This 9,000-square-meter extension brings the total surface area of the center to 130,000 square meters, improving Eurexpo's rank among major European exhibition centers and strengthening its position as a real alternative to Paris for professional shows. With this addition, Eurexpo aims to continue growth by supporting the development of its flagship shows, including Equita'Lyon, Pollutec and Sirha.

Enlarging Hall 2 brings an additional advantage to Eurexpo Lyon
Designed by AIA Architectures, the Hall 2 extension opens new perspectives for Eurexpo Lyon, which now counts 130,000 square meters of covered surface area, thus becoming one of the TOP 15 major European exhibition centers (EMECA).  

With mobile walls that enable full modularity, this new area, along with Halls 1 and 2, makes up a rectangular surface of nearly 30,000 square meters to meet the expectations of show organizers. It features an independent entrance near the T5 Tramway stop and a special parking area in front of the hall to welcome visitors and exhibitors under optimal conditions.  

Built with 23.5m Euros in funding provided by COFIL, this extension meets several of Eurexpo Lyon’s major goals:  
-       Support the development of leading shows, such as Pollutec, Equita, the Lyon International Fair and, of course, Sirha, the world reference on the food service and hospitality market, which occupies the entire center for each edition and continues to show strong development potential.  
-       Welcome new shows in 2015, such as Art 3F, the National Public Transportation Meeting and Nett Meeting Services.  
-       Provide adequate exhibition solutions during periods of intense activity (September to December and February to April), when five or six shows are held simultaneously, since some of them require additional surface area to continue developing.

Promising perspectives for Eurexpo Lyon
In a global MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) market that is characterized by a slowing trend, Eurexpo Lyon has shown net growth in activity for the past several years.  

In 2014, Eurexpo attracted an increased number of visitors, in particular for reference events for the mass market like Equita'Lyon and Epoqu'Auto, as well as for professional shows like Piscine and Pollutec, which are both international leaders in their category.  

Eurexpo also owes its success to a dynamic development policy that opened the center's door to seven new shows and major events in 2014, including Bikexpo, Animo et Compagnie, Permis de Construire, Vivre le Jardin and the Asia Show, along with the HLM Convention and the World Jumping Cup.

Following the Paul Bocuse Hall (10,000 square meters) inaugurated in 2011, this new extension continues the Eurexpo Lyon development plan and positions the center as a real alternative to Paris with numerous shows that hold their national editions in Lyon.

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