Opened in Dublin in September 2010, CCD has hosted 700,000 delegate daysThe Convention Centre Dublin only opened on September 7 2010, but in three years it has become not only the country’s iconic building, but has made a massively positive impact on the city’s economy.
The CCD can already list over 750 events that have racked up 700,000 delegate days for corporate and association residential conferences. These are delegates with high ranking jobs and with disposable income in their pockets.
Ireland has not yet got a system in place for measuring delegate spend, but lawyers, doctors, pharmaceutical researchers and the like have enjoyed not only what Dublin has to offer – but the rest of Ireland, too.
‘Reports have come in’, relates Elaine Phillips, Head of Marketing & Communications, ‘of people turning up, even with their families, at hotels around the country after an event, saying they were keen to take the opportunity of seeing more of Ireland.’
The CCD has also had a beneficial effect on the performance of the events themselves. Organisers have reported that their events have attracted increased numbers of delegates compared with previous venues, because of the eagerness of association members to visit Dublin.
Hotels all around have benefited and in April 2013 a brand new property, The Marker Hotel Dublin, launched nearby on the crest of the new wave of business.
Elaine is very proud of the high proportion of repeat business from corporate clients. With 21 flexible meeting spaces, six foyers and an auditorium to seat 2,000, The CCD is able to accommodate every different kind of event, from seminar to convention.
Against the global trend, The CCD enjoyed a very good 2012. During that year two of the events boasted over 5,000 delegates each.
Wide range of events
Major international events held at The CCD include the IBA (International Bar Association) Annual Conference (5,200 delegates), Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (4,500 delegates), the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (5,100 delegates) and NetApp Insight 2012 (2,300 delegates). The IBA Conference, held for the first time in Ireland, is alone estimated to have contributed €50m to the local economy. Euroscience featured 500 speakers over five days, including five Nobel Laureates.