Kortrijk Xpo

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Kortrijk Xpo is one of the biggest multi-purpose indoor arenas and convention centres in the BENELUX, covering some 55,000m³ (2009).[1] The complex is situated in the city of Kortrijk, Belgium and is home to some internationally renowned fairs, like the Kortrijk design fair Interieur and Busworld.

History[edit]

The City of Kortrijk initiated the construction of the first exposition halls in 1966 in Kortrijk-South (Kortrijk-Zuid), close to the highway exit of the plannen E3, the current E17. The 'Kortrijk Halls' were officially inaugurated in April 1967. As a result of the more international approach of the exhibition centre, on 2 December 1999, the name was transformed into Kortrijk Xpo.

Whereas the complex covered some 6,000 m² of exposition space and 2,500 m² of meeting space at the beginning, the complex was later enlarged to 32.500 m², 37.200 m² (2005) and now covers 55,000m³ (2009). This makes the complex one of the biggest fair centres in the BENELUX and even Europe. A new mutlipurpose hall, 'XXL', the so-called 'Black Box', was added in 2009.

Fairs[edit]

Among others the following trade fairs are held in Kortrijk:

  • International Design Fair Interieur
  • Busworld
  • Euro Dogg Show
  • Classics
  • Kortrijk Winter Carnival
  • Millionaires Fair
  • Sea Side Show
  • Hairstyle Benelux
  • Architect@Work

Accessibility[edit]

The Kortrijk Xpo complex can be reached by the Highway E17, exit 2, and the ringroad R8.

The city bus network (operated by De Lijn) ensures a direct connection with the Kortrijk main railway station. Lines 1, 12 and 13 are directly linked with Kortrijk Xpo.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nieuwblad: article

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°48′26″N 3°16′41″E / 50.80722°N 3.27806°E / 50.80722; 3.27806