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The Convention Centre Dublin Secures 120 Events in 6 Months

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DUBLIN – 11 December 2014 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has secured 120 events in the last six months alone, including 25 international conferences, booked for future years, from 2015 to 2018. These 25 conferences range in size from 500 to 2,000 delegates and are forecast to generate over €30 million for the local economy.

International Conferences include the first ever Dublin International Game Music Festival in April 2015, which will celebrate video game music with around 2,000 enthusiasts. The three-day event will feature concerts, guest speakers, inspiring talks and roundtables.

The Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) will bring its largest event for HP Graphic Arts users in EMEA to The CCD in June 2015, providing an opportunity for the 1,000 delegates to connect with peers, industry leaders, HP executives and experts in the field of digital print.

The world’s largest market research event, the 68th ESOMAR Congress, is expected to attract 1,000 market research experts from over 70 countries to Dublin in September 2015. “We're delighted to hold the 68th ESOMAR Congress in Dublin next year. Home to some of the biggest international companies in the world, Ireland plays a significant role in creating business links between Europe, the US and the rest of the world. As an association working to promote and celebrate the market research sector across the globe, the strong local market research industry and Dublin's role as an international cultural and business hub makes it the perfect location”, said Finn Raben, Director General, ESOMAR.

The Linux Foundation will host three conferences over three days in October 2015. LinuxCon Europe, CloudOpen Europe and Embedded Linux Conference Europe plan to bring together 1,000 developers, system administrators and DevOps professionals.

The 37th International Symposium on Combustion will take place over six days in July 2018 and is expected to attract over 1,600 experts to Dublin, who specialise in all aspects of clean and efficient energy, fire safety, power generation and propulsion technologies.

“We have had an unprecedented run of confirmations over the last six months and continue to see huge interest in what The CCD has to offer as a European conference venue”, said Nick Waight, CEO of The CCD. “Since opening in 2010, we have built a solid reputation for exceptional events, delivered in an iconic, flexible venue, in the highly attractive and accessible city of Dublin. We are particularly delighted that this success is being actively endorsed by our clients, with 36% of these recent events wins comprising repeat clients, returning to host annual events at The CCD.”

Repeat clients include Hostelworld, which returns in January 2015 after holding its largest conference to date at The CCD in 2014, with close to 500 delegates from 34 countries. “This is the third year we have returned to The CCD for our Conference. For us, there is nowhere else in Dublin to match the professionalism and most importantly, the ‘can do’ attitude of The CCD”, said Caren Carruthers, Key Account Manager at Web Reservations International.

The Pendulum Summit will also return in January 2015, with the one-day event expected to be the largest yet, with capacity for 2,000 guests. It will feature some of the world's leading experts from the corporate, leadership, personal development and mindfulness sphere such as Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Foundation.

After a successful two-day conference in 2014, PhoCusWright Europe will host its 2015 conference in May featuring travel innovators, executive keynotes, discussions and debates. Catherine Plummer, Senior Director, Events at PhoCusWright Inc commented, “The event staff at The CCD far surpassed our expectations and have clearly raised the bar to another level. My wish for the global events industry is to have a venue equal to The CCD in every major city in the world. It quite simply is the best venue and staff we’ve ever worked with”.

Other events The CCD has previously confirmed up until 2018 include, the International Society of Computational Biology Annual Conference 2015, the 17th European Congress of Endocrinology 2015, the Congress of the World Association for Buiatrics 2016, the 32nd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology 2016, the International Conference on Information Systems 2016, Eurospine 2017, the 56th Annual ACI World Congress 2017, the International Congress of Occupational Health 2018 and the World Congress of Biomechanics 2018.

The CCD recently celebrated its 1,000 event, in four years of operation, with the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE). Since opening in September 2010, the centre has hosted over 1,000,000 delegate days and won a total of 26 industry awards, including ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, 2013 and 2014 and runner up for World’s Best Convention Centre at the AIPC Apex Award 2012.

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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 on 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, including complimentary Wi-Fi, with an experienced and passionate team, committed to ‘exceptional service’. 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 26 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards 2012 and winning Gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, 2013 and 2014, Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, and ‘Best Overseas Conference Venue’ at the C&IT Awards 2013.

For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie

Press Contact
Elaine Phillips
Head of Marketing & Communications
The Convention Centre Dublin
Phone: +353 1 856 0000
Email: press@theccd.ie


ESOMAR
ESOMAR is the essential organisation for encouraging, advancing and elevating market research worldwide. The ESOMAR Congress is dedicated to global market research and knowledge exchange regarding marketing, business and social issues, ethical practice and professional standards as an important basis for effective management decision in both public and private sectors.

37th International Symposium on Combustion
The Combustion Institute is an international non-profit, scientific and educational organisation, founded in 1954, whose purpose is to promote research in combustion science. The organisation has hosted previous annual Symposium in cities such as Seoul, San Francisco and Warsaw.

The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development.

  • LinuxCon Europe brings together the European Linux community, from developers, system administrators and DevOps professionals to business executives and more in a collaboration and education space for the Linux community. Previous locations have included Prague and Barcelona.
  • CloudOpen Europe brings together the open source projects, products and companies that are driving the cloud and big data ecosystems today to share best practices from the world of traditional open source.
  • Embedded Linux Conference Europe is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products.

The Dublin International Game Music Festival
The Dublin International Game Music Festival is a first for Dublin and will give delegates a chance to celebrate and learn about gaming music from some of the top composers and artists working on games today. It is the brain child of Irish woman Eímear Noone, one of the world’s current premier conductors of video game.

Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop)
Dscoop is an independent community of HP Graphic Arts business owners and technical professionals. The organisation provides a community where members interact with peers, exchange experiences, share and learn best practices. Their annual conference is one of their most important gatherings, where members build partnerships, alliances and relationships that impact their business for years to come.

Hostelworld
Hostelworld.com is one of the world’s number one hostel booking website providing online reservations for the budget, independent and youth travel market. In 2005, Hostelworld launched the first annual hostel conference giving hostel owners around the world an opportunity to learn more about the latest developments and trends in the hostel industry.

The Pendulum Summit
The Pendulum Summit is a daylong event for individuals and companies, from a cross-section of industries to come together and share their wisdom, ideas, experiences and future aspiration. The Summit offers delegates a unique experience in learning, centred on maximising their potential by sharing in the wisdom of successful people who have achieved mastery in their own lives.

PhoCusWright
PhoCusWright is the travel industry research authority on how travellers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. PhoCusWright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution and is the most credible and quoted source for data, information and analysis in these industries.