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The Budapest Congress Center was built in 1984 according the plans of József Finta, and officially opened its doors on 15th February 1985.

The Novotel hotel had been finished in 1982 and has been József Finta’s 3rd hotel building by then.

In 1989, politics kick-started the idea of conference tourism – the XIVth MSZMP (Hungarian Socialist Workers‘ Party) congress was held in the center.

In 2005, after a massive renovation the complex became Budapest Congress & World Trade Center.

Followed by another great modernization which came to an end in 2009 and resulted in a new audio-visual system and new engineering in the cuisine, the establishment has been named BUDAPEST CONGRESS CENTER.

Creation of József Engelsz goldsmith, sculptor: 2 m high, modern brass statuary of King David (King of Israel) – Bartók corridor

Creation of Tibor Borbás, sculptor: violinist and cats – Bacchanalia scene – at the stairs leading from the Aula to the Novotel reception through the glass corridor

Creation of János Majoros, ceramist, sculptor: statuesque, coloured wall fire-brick decoration with leaves and an arch – right side of the Entrance level

Creation of Márton Váró, sculptor: huge limestone composition on the left side of the Entrance level, we can see a woman body (trunk) in the middle, as we call it the detonated woman

Creation of György Buczkó, sculptor, glass designer: worldmap made of glass and lit up from behind

Creation of József Király, interior architect: wooden life tree on the stage of Pátria which is not only decoration but improves the acustic of the plenary hall

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AMI magazine - April 2016 page 34
Ami (Association Meetings International) is the world’s leading information resource for international association executives and congress organisers, driven by award-winning journalists working to the highest editorial standards. Their must-have directory gives planners a comprehensive overview of the world’s best meetings and events venues. Source:
AIPC Communiqué - Issue Nr 124, May 2019 page 9
AIPC's quarterly newsletter Communiqué contains valuable industry information and insights as well as a calendar of activities and a discussion forum.
Mash Media - November 2019
Conference & Meetings World (CMW) is an international bi-monthly magazine covering the global meetings industry.
Turizmus Bulletin
Turizmus Bulleting is the leading Hungarian tourism newsletter by Turizmus Kft.
Business Traveller Hungary
Interview with Ms Anikó Ferenczy, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Budapest Congress Center

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