Why not just renovate the current World Trade and Convention Centre?

Consideration has been given to how the current WTCC could be renovated and reconfigured to keep up with industry standards. The limitations of the current facility’s footprint do not offer the flexibility needed to meet the space requirements determined in the RFP.

Limitations of the current facility include: low ceiling heights, the lack of adequate multi-purpose space, pillars that obstruct views, no dedicated exhibition space, an inadequate number of breakout rooms, no adjoining convention quality hotel and the inability to host more than one small to mid-size group at a time.