Dublin and The CCD are chosen to host Velo-city 2019 - European Cyclists’ Federation’s Annual Global Cycling Summit

Velo-city ImagePictured: Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr welcomed Mr. Bernhard Ensink and Mr. Marcio Deslandes from the European Cycle Federation (ECF) to the Mansion House to sign a contract that will bring the Velo-City Conference to Dublin in June 2019. Photo Credit: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

DUBLIN – 11 April 2017 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has announced that it will host the Velo-city conference series in June 2019 which is expected to attract 2,000 international participants and generate over €3 million for the Irish economy.

The CCD worked closely with conference ambassadors Dublin Cycling Campaign to bring the conference to Dublin and were supported by Dublin City Council, Abbey Conference & Events and Dublin Convention Bureau. The bid was led by Dublin City Council with Dublin and Helsinki shortlisted as potential hosts for Velo-city 2019. An intensive site visit took place in both cities and Dublin came out on top.

Marcio Deslandes, Velo-city Series Director commented, “Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more livable, safe and active environment for its citizens.” While Bernhard Ensink, ECF Secretary General added, “We are excited to bring participants from all continents to Dublin. Velo-city 2019 will offer a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide.”

Paul Carnell, Sales Director of The CCD commented, “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the European Cyclists’ Federation’s Annual Global Cycling Summit in 2019. The CCD is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues and we constantly strive towards on-going improvement in our business practices. We are excited to be involved in this event, which fits so well with our commitment to long-term sustainability.”

Dublin previously hosted Velo-city in 2005 and is the first city in the world to be awarded the conference twice. Hosting Velo-city in 2005 proved a catalyst for cycling growth in the city with the number of cyclists increasing by 150% since then.

Dublin’s theme for Velo-City 2019 is ‘Cycling for the Ages’, which will encourage cycling by people of all ages, young and old, male and female and to promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of cycling. The theme will also show the evolution of cycling in Dublin through the ages and into the future.

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The Convention Centre Dublin
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About The CCD
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) opened in September 2010 and is Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre. Located in the heart of Dublin city, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, The CCD has won a total of 34 industry awards since opening.

About Velo-city Conference Series
The Velo-city conference series is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit organised by the ECF and selected host cities. Velo-city conferences are widely considered as the premier international cycling conference series and serve as a global communications and information platform to target and influence decision makers, and improve the policies, planning and provision of infrastructure for cycling and the daily use of the bicycle in an urban environment. The conferences traditionally involve experts, representatives of associations, institutions, policy-makers and social agents, universities and companies.

About the European Cyclists’ Federation
With over 80 members across more than 40 countries, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) unites cyclists’ associations from across the globe, giving them a voice on the international level. It aims to get more people cycling more often by influencing policy in favour of cycling. For more information, visit https://ecf.com/