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The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has won the award for Worlds 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. Its 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.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) opened in September 2010 and is Irelands only purpose-built international convention centre. It is located in the heart of Dublin city, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.

Performance Highlights to Date:

• Hosted over 1,500 events since opening in September 2010

• Hosted in excess of 2.1 million delegate days

• Customer satisfaction ranks consistently at over 98%

• 2017 to date, hosted over 142 events and over 234,000 delegate days


2017 Event Highlights

• Pendulum Summit (January 2017) – over 2,000 delegates

• International Airfinance Conference 2017 (January 2017) – 1,340 delegates

• Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair (January 2017) – over 4,000 delegates

• INTERMAG Dublin 2017 (April 2017) – 1,400 delegates

• Accenture International Womens Day (May 2017) – 1,550 delegates

• Futurescope 2017 (May 2017) – 1,000 delegates

• World Congress on Family Law and Childrens Rights (June 2017) – 585 delegates

• EBA Day (June 2017) – 1,300 delegates

• International Nursing Research Congress (July 2017) – 1,390 delegates

• Dublin Comic Con (August 2017) – 12,600 delegates

• HUPO (September 2017) –1,350 delegates

• Databricks Inc - Spark Summit EMEA (October 2017) –1,160 delegates

• Euro PD Conference (October 2017) – 875 delegates

• European SharePoint Conference 2017 (November 2017) – 1,650 delegates

• Engage 2017 (November 2017) – 2,410 delegates

• Eurospine 2017 (November 2017) – 3,850 delegates

2018 Event Highlights and Forecasted Delegates

• Pendulum Summit (January 2018) – 2,000 delegates

• International Airfinance Conference 2018 (January 2018) – 800 delegates

• Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair 2018 (March 2018) – 3,000 delegates

• International Commission on Occupational Health (April 2018) – 2,000 delegates

• 9th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain (May 2018) – 2,200 delegates

• 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (July 2018) – 3,200 delegates

• Dublin Comic Con (August 2018) – 12,000 delegates

• The International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB 2018) (August 2018) – 1,500 delegates

• Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland Annual Congress (September 2018) – 800 delegates

• UEFA EURO2020 qualifying draw (December 2018) – 700 delegates


The CCD has won 37 industry awards to date including:

• Worlds Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2017 – World Travel AwardsTM

• Europes Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2017 - World Travel AwardsTM

• Best Overseas Conference Centre - UK Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards Gold 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; 2016; Silver 2011, 2017

• Best Overseas Conference Venue - UK Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT) Awards 2013 and 2015

• Best Integrated Marketing Campaign - Gold, Best Print Advertising Campaign - Silver, Best Website Bronze - UK Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMAs) 2015

• One of the Top Four Convention Centres in the World 2012 - International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)

• Access Excellence Award 2012 - UK M&IT (first Irish venue to win this accolade).

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.