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The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is Ireland's only international-standard convention centre, located in the heart of Dublin’s lively city centre. The venue is easily accessible and offers an inspirational setting for meetings with fantastic views of the city and is one of Europe’s most esteemed conference venues. It is ideally positioned to entice the international business tourism market.

Situated just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, which has flights to 180 destinations across the UK, Europe, the US and the Middle East, The CCD is also supported by infrastructure which includes excellent transport links and 22,000 hotel bedrooms.

Dublin is the business hub of Europe, and with The CCD surrounded by many of the world’s top companies, it is perfectly positioned for hosting business events. All of the city centre’s main tourist attractions, including many iconic buildings, are within walking distance or a short tram ride from The CCD, enabling business and leisure to be easily combined.

The CCD has hosted over 1,600 events, won 40 industry awards, including 'Worlds' Leading Meetings and Conference Centre 2017' and maintains a customer satisfaction rate of 98%. The venue has secured conferences up until 2021, including, The 67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in 2021 and The 28th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology 2021.

The CCD is famed for its iconic building and convenient location and is also revered for its exceptional customer service, premium levels of service and warm Irish welcome.

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Spencer Dock North Wall Quay Dublin Dublin D01 T1W6



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The Convention Centre Dublin retains European title for a second year running

DUBLIN – 2 July 2018 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has retained the title of ‘Europe's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 25th annual World Travel Awards in Greece.

The announcement was made at the Europe Gala Ceremony, attended by hundreds of travel industry professionals in Zappeion Megaron Hall, Athens on Saturday evening. This is the second consecutive year that The CCD has won this prestigious award, winning both the European and World title in 2017.

Picking up the award on Saturday, Paul Carnell, Sales Director of The CCD said, “We are delighted to win ‘Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018’. The World Travel Awards are particularly significant, as they are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and consumers throughout Europe. It’s a massive endorsement from across the industry and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us again this year.”

Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD also commented, “We are deeply honoured at this fantastic achievement for the second year running. People are the heartbeat of The CCD and this award is testament to the passion and dedication of the team, who offer exceptional service to everyone who comes to our venue.”

He also paid tribute to the tourism industry in Ireland, adding, “We are delighted to see our fellow 2017 winners, Sandymount Hotel, also bring home ‘Europe’s Leading Green Hotel’ again this year. Ireland is a key player in the industry, which is evident in the Irish representation at the World Travel Awards. Business tourism is growing strong and we are privileged to represent Ireland on a global stage and play a significant role in attracting business tourism to the country.”

The venue beat off tough competition from Austria Center Vienna, Berlin ExpoCenter City, ExCeL London, Fira Barcelona, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Istanbul Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt Convention Centre, MiCo Milano Congressi, Palais Des Congres De Paris and Palexpo.

Following this achievement, The CCD moves forward to compete with other regional winners for the ultimate title of ‘World's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ which will be announced at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal in December.

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20th July 2018

The Convention Centre Dublin flies the flag for Ireland

11 December 2017 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has won the award for ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 24th annual World Travel Awards.

The announcement was made at the World Gala Ceremony in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Sunday evening. This is the first time an Irish venue has won the coveted title and the venue beat off tough international competition from fourteen venues around the world including previous winners Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre - ADNEC, Berlin ExpoCenter City, Dubai World Trade Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, and Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speaking about the achievement, Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD said, “We are delighted to win this award. It means the world to us and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us. This achievement reflects the talent, energy and passion of the entire team, who are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and excellence in event delivery. It’s inspiring to see the outstanding quality of international venues, destinations and organisations represented at these awards and we are very proud to be the first Irish venue to take this title home.”

Dermod Dwyer, Executive Chairman of The CCD added, “We have set out our Vision 2025 and defined our purpose as ‘setting the stage to welcome the world to Ireland’. This award reinforces for us that we have the privilege of playing a key role in attracting business tourism to the country. What makes it even more special is that this award is voted for by professionals and consumers in the travel and tourism industry and it is an honour to be recognised through a large and global vote.”

The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence that The CCD has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

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20th July 2018

Dublin to host the 50th Anniversary of the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2020

DUBLIN – 15 February 2018 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is set to welcome the World Irish Dancing Championships for its 50th anniversary in 2020. The 10 day spectacle is the largest and most coveted Irish dancing contest on the global circuit.

The prestigious event is expected to attract over 5,500 competitors across solo, céilí, figure-choreography and dance drama categories as well as 15,000 spectators, comprising teachers, family and supporters, generating in the region of €14 million for the local Irish economy.

James McCutcheon, Championship Chairman, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) commented, “We are especially delighted that our flagship event is returning to the capital city, exactly 50 years after our inaugural championships in 1970 in Coláiste Mhuire in Parnell Square Dublin. The event attracts every top flight dancer from across the globe, each hoping to be crowned World Champion. We certainly look forward to the wonderful welcome that awaits us at Easter 2020, when all roads will certainly lead to Dublin”.

Adrienne Clarke, Head of Conference Sales at The CCD added, “We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event, particularly on the 50th anniversary. Our purpose is to ‘set the stage to welcome the world to Ireland’ and the World Irish Dancing Championships is a very fitting event to showcase this. We look forward to extending a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ to competitors and attendees in 2020.”

The World Irish Dancing Championships was previously held in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, London, Philadelphia, Boston and Montreal and Dublin saw off stiff competition from Glasgow, Belfast, Kerry and Montreal to secure the highly sought after 50th anniversary event.

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20th July 2018

Ireland’s Healthy Venue to host the International Congress on Obesity

DUBLIN – 24 January 2018 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will welcome the European/International Congress on Obesity (ECO/ICO) in May 2020, securing the conference just six months after it was awarded a Silver Healthy Venue accreditation by the World Obesity Federation.

The CCD, the second venue in the world to become a Silver Healthy Venue, worked in partnership with Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau, the Association for the Study of Obesity Ireland (ASOI) and conference ambassador Dr. Grace O’Malley to bid for and win the International Congress on Obesity for Ireland. The conference is expected to deliver €3.2 million for the local Irish economy.

Euan Woodward, Executive Director of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) commented, “This is a rare opportunity to gather obesity specialists for all over the world, to debate the key issues in our field and develop solutions to one of the most important and pressing global health challenges. Our Irish colleagues presented a dynamic bid, supported by many local and national stakeholders, which made the decision to award the congress to Dublin an easy one. We anticipate major developments in our field over the next few years, and look forward to facilitating global collaboration in Dublin in 2020.”

Welcoming the news, Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD commented, “We are excited to host this conference after working closely with the EASO and World Obesity Federation to ensure we met the criteria and we look forward to offering healthy and active choices for attendees in May 2020.”

The four-day conference, which looks set to attract up to 2,000 delegates to Dublin city, will take place in early summer 2020, bringing together EASO and the World Obesity Federation, for the first time. ECO/ICO 2020 represents an excellent opportunity to promote obesity research, education and management in Ireland.

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20th July 2018

7 Reasons to Choose Dublin for Your Next Tech Event

Dublin is one of the world’s leading locations for business and is widely acknowledged as the digital hub of Europe. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s also the perfect destination for hosting tech-based events and conferences.

1. It’s well connected

Positioned at the natural gateway to Europe, Ireland has become a key location for many of the world’s top tech multinationals including Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Oracle. As a result, Ireland’s reputation as a centre of ICT and software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It was described as a ‘stand out’ country for global digital development by the Harvard Business Review back in 2015, and it has only grown from strength-to-strength since then. Many of these top tech-companies are clustered in an area known as ‘Silicon Docks’ in the city centre of Dublin, just a stone’s throw from The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD).

2. It has a vibrant tech social scene

In Dublin, a rich tapestry of high-calibre, indigenous companies sit side-by-side with global tech multinationals. As a result, Dublin has become a breeding ground for home-grown tech-talent and a hub for attracting a highly-skilled tech-workforce from around the world. There are many regular events and Meetups for people interested in technology taking place around the city. This makes it easy for conference delegates to engage with Ireland’s Googlers, Facebookers, LinkedIn’ers, Tweeters and Amazonians, and get more out of their time in Dublin.

3. It’s a nation devoted to innovation

Ireland has a long history of innovation and has been a forerunner in many technological advancements in the past including the development of colour photography, the first trans-Atlantic phone line, the first-of-its-kind submarine! The fostering of innovation is not only embedded in the Irish culture, but is also openly promoted and funded by various Irish government-supported initiatives. As a result, Dublin has become a base for new and emerging tech-sectors such as clean tech, AR, VR, Internet of Things, game technology and cloud computing. Tech-based conferences that take place in Dublin feed off this innovative culture and creative energy, and delegates are more likely to leave feeling stimulated and inspired.

4. It’s easily accessible

Dublin is easily accessible no matter where conference delegates are coming from. Dublin Airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre and is served by 180 routes from most major cities across EMEA and the USA. Furthermore, when delegates arrive they will find that Dublin’s compact nature and excellent transport infrastructure makes the city easy to explore whether on foot, tram, bus or train. Unlike many other European cities, Dublin also benefits from having a large-capacity convention centre right in the heart of the city. The CCD forms an iconic building on Dublin’s skyline and is ideally positioned within easy reach from both the airport and the city centre.

5. It’s fun!

There’s no doubt that sustaining delegate numbers in today’s economic climate can be a challenge, it is therefore essential that an event’s location appeals to the business tourist. According to the latest International Congresses and Conventions Association (ICCA) rankings, Dublin is ranked 14th worldwide for hosting conferences and conventions. This has placed Dublin ahead of competitors such as Copenhagen, Brussels, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. One of Dublin’s key selling points is the ability for delegates to easily explore the city during their stay. Many of the city’s key tourist attractions, including its museums, galleries, the Guinness Storehouse and the famous Temple Bar area, are within walking distance or a short tram ride of each other, enabling business and leisure to be easily combined.

6. It has a proven track record

The calibre of tech organisations that have hosted events in Dublin over recent years speaks volumes about the city’s attractiveness as a conference destination for this sector. Host your tech-event in Dublin and you’ll be in the company of Drupalcon, Workday Rising, the Dublin Tech Summit, Google Engage, Teradata, Hadoop, The Dscoop Open, EuroNanoForum and NetApp Insight, to name but a few. Watch our video to find out more about what attracted some of these organisations to host their international tech-events in Dublin.

7. It has the ‘wow’ factor

Choosing the perfect destination is just the first step in attracting delegates to tech events. The venue choice can often seal the deal for the international business tourist. Voted the ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2017’ in the World Travel Awards, The CCD has become a valuable asset to many global tech-organisations for hosting international conference events. One of the most technologically sophisticated venues in the world, The CCD has state-of-the-art equipment in every room, Wi-Fi for up to 22,000 devices and advanced communications, lighting, sound, rigging and IT solutions to enhance every event. A range of multi-functional rooms are available together with six foyer spaces, from where panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains can be admired.

To find out more about hosting your next tech-event in Dublin, get in touch with us today.

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20th July 2018


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