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September 25, 2009

ExCeL London Phase 2 on time, on budget and in business

The first two event bookings have been taken for the UK capital’s new Docklands convention centre, ExCeL London Phase 2.

Both the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Annual Meeting in July 2011 and the Annual Congress of The European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) in September 2014 have now been booked into the new facility.
When the doors open on 1 May 2010, the £160 million investment will extend ExCeL London’s current event space by 50% to include a flexible 5,000 seated auditorium, banqueting hall with seating for 3,000. Phase 2 will also feature a flexible conference suite for up to 2,500 delegates.

On time and on budget, the new convention facilities are already generating significant interest in the marketplace. 
“We held a really successful event in 2006 at ExCeL London, with our highest attendance level to date,” said Mary D’Ardis, chief executive of the ESCRS.

“The new world-class convention centre will offer even better facilities, and when added to the fantastic co-operation, flexibility and professionalism of the whole team at ExCeL, it will make a compelling reason to return to London and the venue.”
Meanwhile, James Rees, director of conferences and events at ExCeL London, said: “This is a really exciting time for ExCeL and the announcement of BAD and ESCRS are the first of a number of events to confirm their tenancy in the new convention centre. 

“The seated auditorium will match the capacity of the largest in Europe and the additional conference facilities show ExCeL’s commitment in playing its part to help shape London and the Mayor’s vision to become a leading business destination. 

“London has long been a preferred convention destination due to its culture, history and diversity and because of this, has consistently delivered higher delegate and exhibitor numbers than other Capital cities. The new facilities at ExCeL mean that London now has a cost-effective and first-class option for convention organisers.”



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