Sunday 22 July 2018

Revealed: Irish building named world’s leading convention centre 2017

The Convention Centre
The Convention Centre
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

The World Travel Awards, which took place in Vietnam, has named Dublin’s convention centre as the leading meeting and convention centre for 2017.

Speaking on Newstalk this morning, Stephen Meehan, CEO of the convention centre, said that customers want more than chairs and a stage from a convention centre, they also want flexibility, technology, good location, and pre and post event planning and service.

In 2016 the convention centre made a profit of just under €11m, while it contributed €51m to the economy, Mr Meehan said.

On the question of capacity at the centre, Mr Meehan said that there is always a tipping point and a risk that a conference could outgrow an event, however he said that Dublin is capable of competing with any conference city across Europe.

The Forum room in the convention centre can hold up to 3,000 delegates.

In its canvassing campaign for votes, the convention centre highlighted three distinguishing factors it said set it apart from the competition;

Service – staff, the venue has a 98pc customer satisfaction rate, and provides an experienced and dedicated team for every event.

Location – the centre is based in the centre of Dublin, and is just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.

Facilities – the convention centre is a purpose-built venue with 22 meeting spaces, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and Wi-Fi capacity for 22,000 devices.

The World Travel Awards, which took place in Vietnam, are voted for by travel and tourism professionals, and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide.

Established in 1993, the awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, and celebrate organisations which push the boundaries of industry excellence.

So far the convention centre, which opened in 2010, has 30 events lined up for 2018.

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