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Crystal Palace London

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Garden Palace, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York

A convention center, in American English, is an exhibition hall, or conference center, that holds conventions. A large, cavernous public building with enough open space to host public and private business and social events for the surrounding municipal and metropolitan areas.

In British English very large venues suitable for major trade shows are known as exhibition centres while the term "convention centre" is sometimes used for intermediate venues between exhibitions centres and "conference centres", which are much smaller and contain lecture halls and meeting rooms.

Convention centers typically offer enough floor area to accommodate several thousand attendees. Convention centers rent space for meetings such as: corporate conferences, industry trade shows, formal dances entertainment spectacles and concerts. The largest in the United States is McCormick Place in Chicago. Large convention centers located in resort areas also host conventions that attract additional visitors to the municipality. It is not uncommon for large resort area hotels to include a convention center.

Olympic Green Convention Centre Beijing

View of the west portion of the San Diego Convention Center from West Harbor Drive. The San Diego Convention Center is one of the largest in North America and is home to Comic-Con International.

Exhibition Hall of the Makaryev Fair.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004.

Vietnam National Convention Center in Western Hanoi

Inside Vietnam National Convention Center, Hanoi

Siglo XXI Convention Centre in Mérida, Mexico

The back entrance of the PBH convention center, the Netherlands.

The Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC), in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Korea's COEX Convention & Exhibition Center