The Convention Centre Dublin Announces Five Major Conference Wins

Dublin – 8 October, 2012 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has announced five major conferences for Dublin, over the next 12 months.

NetApp Insight 2012 Conference takes place on 13th-16th November 2012, with 2,300 delegates, and returns to The CCD in 2013, as part of a two-year deal. The annual eHealth Week Conference will take place on 13th-15th May 2013 - organised by the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), this three-day event coincides with the Irish Presidency of the EU and will welcome 2,500 delegates.

The 15th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP 2013) will take place on 6th-10th July 2013, with over 2,000 delegates. The 16th Annual European Congress of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) will take place on 2nd-6th November 2013, with over 3,300 attendees.

The CCD has hosted over 570 events in two years of operation, hosting over 420,000 delegate days. Events include: the International Bar Association Conference 2012; the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders; Euroscience Open Forum; Teradata Universe Conference; the 35th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference; EuroPRevent; Project Management Institute EMEA Global Congress; International Statistical Institute Conference; Google EMEA Sales Conference; British Orthopaedic Association Conference, International Water Association World Congress, Fine Gael Ard Fheis and the British Embassy ‘Return Event’ on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.

The centre has won a total of 17 industry awards since opening, including ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012. The CCD was also recognised as one of the top four convention centres in the world by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), being awarded the accolade of one of three runners up for the 2012 Apex Award for "World's Best Convention Centre", presented in June.

"We have had an incredible year at The CCD and continue to secure a wide range of large international events”, said Nick Waight, CEO, The CCD. “Dublin as a destination and The CCD as a venue, are proving extremely popular with organisers and delegates, with our client satisfaction rates consistently above 96%. We were especially honoured to be recognised by the prestigious AIPC Apex Award, less than two years after opening, as this is based on independently audited client feedback.”

The centre has confirmed a variety of events up until 2018, including the 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2012), 24th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, the 9th European ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Congress 2013 (ERTICO), the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2013, and the 19th Annual FECAVA EuroCongress 2013.

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Notes to Editors

The AIPC Apex Award

The AIPC Apex Award is based on an extensive analysis of customer input via detailed surveys and reflects an unbiased picture of a centre's performance as seen through the eyes of its customers. The analysis covers a range of categories including facilities, project management, customer relations, catering, creativity and technology. 18 international venues qualified for the competition by achieving a high level of client testimonials to serve as a basis for an independent evaluation and analysis by the international research firm Ipsos.

"Our runners-up are deserving of real recognition, given the very high standards required to compete in this program and the fact that they each achieved this distinction by being top-ranked in a specific category of evaluation", said AIPC President, Edgar Hirt. "Overall, we feel the AIPC Apex Award goes far beyond simply the winners as it creates important information and insights that drive overall centre performance ".

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. 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 is a member of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) and was recognised in June 2012 as a runner up for the AIPC Apex Award for ‘World’s Best Convention Centre’.   For more information, please visit

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