The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) has opened today after more than three years of development and construction.
Ireland’s first purpose-built conference centre has the capacity to host events for up to 8,000 delegates and, to date, has secured 150 events.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said: "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."
While testing the building, the CCD hosted events including X Factor, Britian’s Got Talent and the 175th Anniversary conference for Engineers Ireland.
Cowen added: "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 which we can attract here."
CCD chairman Dermod Dwyer said: "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."
Convention Centre Dublin features:
- 22 purpose-built meeting rooms
- 2,000 seat auditorium with full theatrical stage and fly tower
- 4,500sqm of exhibition space
- Theatre capacity for 3,000 delegates in The Forum
- Banqueting facilities for up to 2,000
- Two large cargo lifts including a truck container lift