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Valencia Conference Centre Wins 2010 AIPC Apex Award

Valencia Conference Centre Wins 2010 AIPC Apex Award for "World's Best Convention Centre".

This year’s AIPC Apex Award will be one of the most hotly contested ever, with 27 finalists vying for the recognition as "World’s Best Congress Centre". With all preliminary analyses now complete, these 27 have emerged from an overall field of 36 entrants, up some 30% over the previous competition in 2008.

“These are competitive times in the industry, and a record number of centres have seen the AIPC Apex Award as a way to distinguish themselves”, says AIPC President Edgar Hirt. “Our The Board of Directors of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) has announced the Valencia Conference Centre as the winner of the 2010 Apex Award for "World's Best Convention Centre". The Award was presented at the 2010 AIPC Annual Conference in Liverpool from amongst a group of 27 finalists who had qualified for the competition.

"We are delighted that our colleagues from Valencia have received this honour and is clear that they have set a proud example for centres in Spain", said AIPC President Edgar Hirt. "It demonstrates the high level of performance in this area and provides an example against which other centres can be assessed".

The AIPC Apex Award is based on an extensive analysis of customer input under the auspices of the Faculty of Science, Politics and Economics from the University of Brussels, and reflects an unbiased picture of centre performance through the eyes of its customers. The analysis covers a range of areas including such topics as congress facilities, project management, customer relations, catering and technology. "This is a very extensive process, and one that ensures an exhaustive review of competing centres", said Hirt. "As an example, there were more than 1,000 reviews submitted and tabulated for this year's Award."

The AIPC Board also recognized the two runners-up to this year's award; Bregenzer Festspiel- und Kongresshaus and the Congress Centre-Sofia. "These centres also deserve recognition along with the overall winner, given how competitive the results were amongst the 27 finalists", said Hirt. "We also consider the entire range of competitors to be winners in the sense that the process of analysis creates a valuable insight into how their customers regard the various aspects of their operation, and this is information that centres can use to further enhance their operations".