Over the last decade Ireland has established itself as one of the world’s leading locations for business and a centre of excellence for research and development. 9 of the top 10 ICT companies, the top 10 ‘Born on the Internet’ companies, 9 of the top 10 Global Software companies and 13 of the top 15 Global MedTech companies have chosen Ireland as their European headquarters.
With so many European headquarters based in Ireland, it’s hard to deny that one of the best countries in the world for doing business, is also the perfect destination for hosting international association conferences. Research shows that Dublin typically sees an increase of 10% on delegate numbers due to destination appeal, and the venue choice can often seal the deal for the international delegate. The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has become a valuable asset to many conference organisers hosting international conferences.
Easy to get to and easy to get around
Ireland’s location at the gateway to Europe offers many logistical benefits. With Dublin Airport serving over 180 routes, including direct flights to the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East, it is highly accessible for all. While The CCD’s central location, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and in the heart of the city centre, also gives conference organisers the choice of over 20,000 competitively priced hotel rooms within easy reach.
Leading the way in technology and innovation
The CCD is one of the most technologically sophisticated venues in the world, with state-of-the-art equipment in every room, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and advanced communications, lighting, sound, rigging and IT solutions to enhance every event.
Flexibility is key for clients who can avail of a fully inclusive package, but also have the opportunity to make bespoke out-of-the-ordinary requests. The inclusive package which is included in the rental price has proven very popular with association clients. The fact that all necessary expertise, technical equipment, furniture and hospitality is on-site, eliminates the need to hire in and manage the logistics of third-party suppliers.
Many of The CCD’s association conferences are secured for Dublin through the dedication and work of local conference ambassadors and the venue supports these individuals with advice and guidance every step of the way.
An unsurpassed reputation for excellence
The CCD played a significant role in Dublin’s rise of 6 places to 18th position in the 2015 ICCA rankings, bringing it into the top 20 cities worldwide for hosting international association conferences. As Ireland’s only purpose-built convention centre with the capacity to host conferences for over 5,000 people, The CCD has hosted over 1,300 events since opening in September 2010, won 32 industry awards and maintains a customer satisfaction rate of 98%.
The CCD is by far the best venue I have ever worked with. It’s not only due to the beautiful venue, up to date facilities and equipment, superb, fast and reliable internet and good quality catering, but the professional and flexible staff who really make a difference.
Lucien Walraven, Events Logistics Manager – ESOMAR European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research
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