The International Conference Center (the “CIC”) is currently being constructed in Algiers by the Government of Algeria. This impressive site is scheduled to be completed and scheduled to open in the 2nd quarter of 2016.
It will be a first-class state of the art international conference center that will house meeting rooms, exhibition halls, restaurants, retail space, parking facilities and an amphitheater that will accommodate over 6,000 delegates.
The total capacity of the CIC is approximately 10,000 people and the configuration of the space allows the CIC to host multiple events at the same time. Already the CIC is sure to put Algiers on the map as a premier conference destination in North Africa and the Middle East.
Algeria, a member of OPEC, the UN, African Union and the Arab League, according to OPEC has 17th largest reserves of oil in the world, and the second largest in Africa, whilst it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas with significant exports to Europe. Algeria is classified as an upper middle income country by the World Bank.
Global Hospitality Management, LLC (“GHM”), an affiliate of Drew Company, Inc., who developed the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston Complex, has been selected to operate and manage the CIC. The firm has had over 25 years of experience in owning and managing trade center operations.
John E. Drew is the Chairman of Trade Center Management Associates, which manages the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the U.S. Government. He is also the Chairman of the newly established World Trade Center Dublin, Ireland. On being awarded the management contract John expressed “GHM is excited to be part of such a pivotal and challenging project. This public-private partnership affords GHM and its team the opportunity to participate in a game-changing development to catapult Algeria as a major meetings destination in international markets”.
Paul D’Arcy, who has recently joined from the Calabar ICC and previously managed the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Qatar National Convention Centre and Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, has been appointed CEO and Executive Director, whilst Daniel Charbonnier, an industry professional who has many years of hospitality experience gained in such renowned brands as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and provided advisory services and hands on operations assistance on assignments in India, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Russia and Switzerland, has been appointed COO.