New convention era opens for Dublin with CCD

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) officially opened for business on 7 September after 40 months of development.Local meetings industry professionals welcomed the new venue and believe Ireland can now seriously compete in the international association meetings market. Ireland’s first purpose-built conference centre can host events for up to 8,000 people and management says 150 events have already been secured worth €110m in economic benefit for Dublin."The opening of the CCD marks the beginning of a new era for convention and business tourism in Ireland," said Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. "Tourism is a vital export industry for Ireland and is an essential part of the Government’s strategy for economic recovery and job creation. "One area of opportunity for us is business tourism and this venue will help Ireland win a greater share of this lucrative market, which, despite the international downturn, continues to provide high-value visitors. All Ministers and State Agencies will be working hard to identify international events which we can attract here. Likewise, I would like to ask all private and voluntary sector organisations to actively promote the Centre as a location for international conferences," he adds.The CCD, located on the banks of the River Liffey, claims to be the world’s first carbon neutral convention centre. The project is a result of a Public Private Partnership with The Office of Public Works. The Centre was developed by Treasury Holdings and designed by Irish-born architect, Kevin Roche. The design has a glass atrium focal point containing 475 panes of curved glass panels that run to the full height of the building. CCD chairman, Dermod Dwyer, says: "The iconic landmark will allow us to demonstrate new international standards of hospitality, coupled with the renowned Irish welcome. I am confident we are on track to reach our goal of being recognised as the best conference centre in Europe by 2014."During its recent ‘testing’ period, the CCD hosted The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and the 175th anniversary conference for Engineers Ireland.  "It has been an incredible journey," says CCD CEO, Nick Waight. "The building is one of the best equipped and most flexible convention centres in existence and our team will ensure we can compete with the top conference venues worldwide. We look forward to welcoming the world to Dublin’s doorstep."
Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn

Related Stories

Eventflash: 28.06.17

Mash TV and Conference News’ Martin Fullard looks back over the week’s top stories. Sponsored by LiveBuzz.

East of England Arena and Events Centre open day

Following a refurbishment, rebrand and £4.4m investment, the East of England Arena and Events centre opened to event professionals on 21 June to explains developments at the venue and provide an insight into future plans. Guests were also treated to a once in a lifetime experience in various classic cars and more unusual vehicles.

MD Andy Gibb leaves Ricoh Arena

A merger between the Ricoh Arena stadium operator and its parent company Wasps will see the Ricoh’s managing director Andy Gibb leave

Elsewhere on EN

MD Andy Gibb leaves Ricoh Arena

MD Andy Gibb leaves Ricoh Arena

A merger between the Ricoh Arena stadium operator and its parent company Wasps will see the Ricoh’s managing director Andy Gibb leave
Artexis Easyfairs wins the 2017 UFI Education Award

Artexis Easyfairs wins the 2017 UFI Education Award

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Artexis Easyfairs as winner of the 2017 UFI Education Award.
The NEC to drive 2022 Commonwealth bid

The NEC to drive 2022 Commonwealth bid

The city of Birmingham is to place The NEC at the centre of its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Showlite Heroes

Most read Stories

And the #ENAwards finalists are…

And the #ENAwards finalists are…

The countdown timer has run out. After weeks of companies submitting award entries and sweating over it, there is just one thing left to do before the big night: Announce the shortlist.
RDS launches RDS Venue brand

RDS launches RDS Venue brand

Philanthropic organisation the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) has announced that RDS Venue will be launched as a separate visual identity from the main RDS brand.
EN Awards People Finalists revealed

EN Awards People Finalists revealed

The first group of the highly anticipated shortlist for the EN Awards has been announced, including Best Newcomer and Best Event Director categories.

Latest Features

Gateway to Europe

Gateway to Europe

EN catches up with the MD of newly rebranded JMT, fresh from their win at the EN Awards
Lights up

Lights up

As Showlite celebrates its 25th birthday, founder Paul Wicks looks back on the company’s history and reflects on the industry.
Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Soraya Gadelrab, portfolio director – food, drink & packaging at Fresh Montgomery, on the organiser’s partnership with charity City Harvest.

Latest Galleries

East of England Arena and Events Centre open day

East of England Arena and Events Centre open day

Following a refurbishment, rebrand and £4.4m investment, the East of England Arena and Events centre opened to event professionals on 21 June to explains developments at the venue and provide an insight into future plans. Guests were also treated to a once in a lifetime experience in various classic cars and more unusual vehicles.
London Dungeon Lates

London Dungeon Lates

The London Dungeons has launched a unique nighttime experience with the theme of the seven deadly sins. The adults only tour includes seven themed food offerings and a range of themed drinks.
This Morning Live

This Morning Live

Tens of thousands of fans descended on the NEC on 18-21 May for This Morning Live, to see talent from ITVs award-winning daytime programme arrive in style.

Latest Opinions

A one-time opportunity

A one-time opportunity

As the countdown continues to the GDPR, event profs need to prepare, says Hellen Beveridge, head of strategic insight at Circdata.
National mourning

National mourning

Mark Blair, divisional director of InEvexco, considers the insurance implications of the death of a monarch.
David's Inferno: The comfort zone

David's Inferno: The comfort zone

In the first of his new series of monthly columns, Cvent’s senior marketing director David Chalmers says it’s important to break out of the comfort zone.