Since 2015, the trade in Bahia, especially the hotel trade, has been recently closed at the city’s Convention Center. This scenario, however, should begin to change soon. On Monday (23), the mayor of Salvador, ACM Neto, announced the construction of a new Convention Center in the capital of Bahia.
The equipment will be erected in the area of the old Aeroclube of the city and is part of the investments in the edge of the city. There will be 100,000 m² and capacity to receive up to 14,000 people, in addition to an exhibition area of 2,500 m². The total investment will be R $ 123 million, being R $ 93 million from the city and R $ 30 million from the company that wins the bid to operate the venture.
With the prospect of starting operating as of January 2019, the new equipment should bring breath to tourism. “We now have a horizon ahead, hope for the sustainability of our companies,” said Glicério Lemos, president of ABIH-BA, noting that 95% of the city’s hotels are experiencing their worst crisis, a situation that has been accentuated since the Bahia Convention Center , maintained by the state government, closed the doors definitively, in 2015.
The same enthusiasm is shared by Paulo Gaudenzi, president of Salvador Destination, an entity that works on attracting events to the capital of Bahia. “The news has brought great peace of mind to the trade, mainly because the city intends to launch the bidding and lease of the new convention center once. This means that there will be work together with the lessee to have major events in Salvador as early as the second half of 2019, “said the executive. “For the first time in history, the city takes the lead in relation to tourism, realizing the importance of this sector for the economy of the city,” he added.
“We have to congratulate that one of our governors had the sensitivity to listen to the needs of the trade and to realize the enormous damage that the lack of a convention center brings to the city”, says the president of the Bahia Tourism Council (CBTurs), Roberto Duran , informing that congresses, conventions and events represent 70% of the tourism market of Salvador. Regarding the possibility of the Bahian capital having two convention centers, in case the state government finally decides to build its own, Duran is emphatic. “At this time,
Salvador does not need two equipment. Within four to five years, when event tourism is consolidated, the city may well be another Convention Center, “he said.
See below the video of the City of Salvador with the details of the new Convention Center:
Photo and Video: Divulgação
Source: Market & Events