Increasing vivid interest is being shown in the organization of events in the International Convention Center, which is soon to be completed. Several dozen initial bookings were already made by events organizers. The calendar includes concerts, conferences, congresses, symposiums and other meetings to be held in the convention complex by 2017.
Services involving organization of events and management of the International Convention Center and the „Spodek” sports and exhibition hall will be performed by concessioneer. The preferred company will be chosen by the City Hall of Katowice within the concession procedure announced in July last year.
The City Hall has recently finished the fourth round of negotiations with four bidders. „I expect it was the last round and this month we will be able to invite the bidders to submit final applications for concluding the concession agreement. The companies will have 45 days to submit the applications. Then the City Hall will have to evaluate the offers and choose the preferred concessioneer” – explained Janusz Nowak, project manager of the International Convention Center.
There are four criteria to be considered by the City Hall when evaluating the applications: amount of expenditures incurred by the concessioner for the ICC, time of performing the concession, amount of forecast payments made by the concessioner for the benefit of the City Hall and number of days when the City of Katowice may use the ICC free of charge.
The list of four companies to be invited to file the applications includes: SMG Poland, PTWP Event Center (subsidiary of PTWP Group), HKO and Campus Stella (company related to Global Retail and Residential Estate Services).
The construction work on the International Convention Center is expected to be concluded in the turn of 2014 and 2015. First events will be held in the multi-functional building in March 2015.