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September 12, 2010

Dublin’s iconic venue opens for business

After 44 months of development and construction, Ireland’s first purpose-built conference venue the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) recently officially opened its doors.

To date, the CCD has secured 150 events, which will result in an estimated boost of more than €110 million to the Dublin economy.
“The opening of the Convention Centre Dublin marks the beginning of a new era for convention and business tourism in Ireland. Tourism is a vital export industry for Ireland and is an essential part of the Government’s strategy for economic recovery and job creation,” said An Taoiseach, Brian Cowan.

“One area of opportunity for us is business tourism, and this centre 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 that 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, so we can maximise its impact on the local economy.”

Bridging the gap: The CCD transforms Dublin's skyline… and venue offer

Recognised as the world’s first carbon-neutral convention centre, CCD is the result of a public private partnership with Ireland’s Office of Public Works. Located on the banks of the River Liffey, this exciting project was developed by Treasury Holdings and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning and Irish-born architect Kevin Roche.

The venue’s focal point is a unique glass atrium, which contains 475 panes of different-sized curved glass panels that encompass the full height of the building.
“The CCD is a truly outstanding building. Not only does it enhance the Dublin skyline, but because it was designed from the inside-out, it provides the optimal user experience for all visitors,” said CCD chairman Dermod Dwyer.  “This 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.”
The CCD enables Ireland to compete in the lucrative business tourism market by attracting a range of conferences from the International association and corporate markets, as well as a variety of national corporate and banqueting events.


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