A NEW congress centre is to be constructed in the Algarve by 2006. The new complex, called Pavilhão do Arade, is to be located in Parchal, close to Portimão, and will be divided into three separate buildings that, together, will cover an area of 8,929sqm. The multipurpose centre, designed by architect Miguel Arruda, is being built with the aim of reinvigorating the conference and seminar market in the region. The plan represents an investment of 10 million euros and is being financed by Pavilhão do Arade S.A., in which the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA) owns a 19 per cent share. Other public entities that are supporting the venture financially include Portimão, Lagoa, Monchique and Silves câmaras. Among the key private investors are Solverde, Marinas do Barlavento, Fundação Oriente and Carvoeiro Golfe.
The centre’s main facility is the auditorium, which will cover an area of 1,930sqm with a capacity for 1,000 delegates. The remaining two buildings within the complex will house a restaurant and an exhibition hall.