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The Convention Centre Dublin Retains ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ Award at UK M&IT Awards

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DUBLIN – 20 March, 2013 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) won the Gold Award for ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards 2013, at a glittering gala banquet attended by over 1,000 UK and international industry professionals at Battersea Evolution, London, last night.

This is the second consecutive year that The CCD has won this prestigious award, winning Gold in 2012, following on from a Silver award in 2011, just months after opening. This year, The CCD was shortlisted against four major international convention centres – Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Amsterdam RAI, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and Sands Expo Las Vegas.

“We are absolutely thrilled to once again receive this prestigious award,” said Nick Waight, CEO of The CCD. “The M&IT awards are particularly significant because they are voted for by UK Event Organisers. As a relatively new convention centre, winning this award two years running represents a massive endorsement from the UK market, especially given it was against such tough international competition.”

Since opening in September 2010, The CCD has hosted over 680 events and has now won 22 Industry Awards, including recognition by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) as one of the top four convention centres in the world, when awarded one of three runner-up positions for ‘World’s Best Convention Centre’ at the AIPC Apex Awards 2012.

Past events include last year’s International Bar Association Conference with 5,200 delegates, Euroscience Open Forum 2012 with 4,500 delegates, and the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders 2012 with 5,000 delegates. The centre has also confirmed an impressive array of international events for 2013 and beyond, including the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (5-day event with 3,300 delegates, September 2013), The 15th International European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) Congress (5-day event with 2,000 delegates, July 2013), The International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Passenger Symposium (5 day event with 700 delegates, October 2013), The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (5-day event with 1,300 delegates, November 2013), and the return of NetApp Insight for the second year (5-day event with 2,300 delegates, November 2013).

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About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, with an experienced and passionate team. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices, and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD has won a total of 22 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards in 2012 and winning Gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012 and 2013, and Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012. For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie

About the M&IT Awards

The annual M&IT Awards are voted for by bona-fide UK event organisers and all entries are audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).  There are 19 awards voted for by the readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine and online readers of www.meetpie.com  

Press Contact:

Elaine Phillips

Head of Marketing & Communications

The Convention Centre Dublin

Phone: +353 1 8184610        

Email:  elaine.phillips@theccd.ie