IMPA London was first hosted at the QEII Centre in 2012 and the two-day event returned in September for its fourth year at the Westminster venue.
The biggest maritime event for purchasing and supply, IMPA London is a world-leading conference attracting more than 2,000 key decision makers from more than 70 countries and 25 maritime sectors.
The signing of the new 10-year contract follows the recent summer refurbishment of the QEII Centre, part of its £12 million renovation and rebranding project.
This summer’s works have included a new centre-wide lighting infrastructure, new static and digital signage systems, reconfiguration of rooms, a renovated front canopy with colour customisable pin spot lighting and new luxury conference chairs and tables.
The IMPA London event occupies Level 3 of the QEII Centre, with rooms on Level 4 used for breakouts.
Speaking about the new 10-year deal with QEII Centre, IMPA COO Stephen Alexander said: “The IMPA annual conference is attended by representatives from 72 different countries and it takes a prestigious venue like the QEII Centre to provide a professional business environment in the heart of London. QEII is distinguished from other London venues by the outstanding performance demonstrated by its staff, from the security and catering team to our account manager, who always has huge energy and enthusiasm for our event. We are looking forward to spending another 10 years working with this fantastic venue and its team.”
Diane Waldron, QEII Centre's Sales & Marketing Director, said: “The International Maritime Purchasing Association has held three very successful events here at the QEII Centre and this year’s conference was even bigger and better than before. We are delighted that the Association has extended its contract with us to 2027. Long-term partnerships like this are extremely valuable to us and we look forward to working with IMPA to help them make the most of our newly improved facilities.”
Pictured from left to right: Nicola Roberts, IMPA ACT Operations Manager; Tony Brinsden, Account Manager at QEII Centre; Stephen Alexander, IMPA COO & Secretary General - Programme Lead; Diane Waldron, Sales & Marketing Director at QEII Centre