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While Quito already attracts international visitors as the first city to be named a World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978, this new convention center will help put Quito more on the meetings map.
Settling into the local life has become a sought-after luxury for attendees, and Norma Bock, meeting industry director for the Quito Tourism Board, says this culturally rich destination in the Andes is happy to deliver.
On the equator, attendees can test their balancing skills by trying to place an egg upright on a nailhead.
The Metropolitan Convention Center is currently under construction and will help Quito attract international meetings and conventions to the region.
In addition to the five hotel openings, the city of Quito also plans to invest in two major projects for the events industry.