DUBLIN – May 6, 2008 - Today, The Convention Centre, Dublin, has secured another major international conference. The International Statistical Institute (ISI) will hold its bi-annual session at Dublin’s new centre in August, 2011.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) of Ireland, at the request of the ISI, is responsible for the organisation of the conference. This major conference will use all of the meeting and exhibition facilities at The CCD and up to 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the 5-day conference.

The CCD will work closely with the Irish Central Statistics Office and MCI-Europe who have been appointed by the CSO to be the Professional Conference Organiser (PCO).

Paul J Crowley, Head of International Relations at the Central Statistics Office and Project Manager for the Conference said “As the hosts for staging this major world conference, it was very important that we selected the right venue for both Ireland and for the ISI. A strict tendering process was used and the interview panel was very impressed with the facilities and the operational management of the CCD. We are looking forward to working with The CCD Team to ensure that the conference is a major success”.

Nick Waight, Chief Executive of The Convention Centre, Dublin, said, “We are thrilled that the CCD has been chosen to stage this important international conference and we are looking forward to working with the Central Statistics Office team and MCI-Europe, to produce a memorable conference for the delegates”.

Monica Nerney, Manager, Business Tourism of Fáilte Ireland, said, “This is a wonderful achievement for The Convention Centre, Dublin, to have secured such a prestigious conference for Dublin and the delegates are in for an amazing experience in what will be one of Europe’s leading conference centres. The average delegate spend is €1,400 which means that this conference alone will generate in excess of €4.2 million to the Irish economy. Additional revenue is expected to be generated by delegates prolonging their stay to visit other parts of Ireland”.

Established in 1885, the International Statistics Institute (ISI) is one of the oldest scientific associations operating in the modern world. Its success can be attributed to the increasing worldwide demand for professional statistical information, its leadership in the development of statistical methods and their application, and in the collective dedication of its members.

Notes to editors: The Convention Centre, Dublin (The CCD), is scheduled to open on 1st September, 2010. It is located on the banks of the River Liffey and is within easy walking distance of the vibrant city of Dublin.

The CCD can accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 in its 22 purpose-built meeting rooms including a state-of-the-art 2,000-seater auditorium and exhibition space of 4,500sqm.