Irish pop band Westlife opens the Convention Centre, Dublin

Convention Centre, Dublin (The CCD) opened 7 September with a gala
event for 700 international and local industry stakeholders featuring Irish pop
band Westlife. 
Staged in the Liffy Suite, the attendee list included
120 international buyers, international and national press, and representatives
from the broader meetings industry. The facility held a series of soft events
pre-launch including taping of the TV show, The X Factor.

The Irish Minister for
Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, officially opened Ireland’s first international
convention centre by scanning her palm on an electronic entry keypad.

“The CCD is the
latest edition to the landscape of Dublin and is
therefore the latest symbol of a proud and confident Ireland,” Hanafin said.
“We hope the centre will attract those who strive to improve the world
through effective communication in conventions and we hope delegates will feel
inspired by the Irish people.

“We are not West
Britain or East USA, we are a proud country
and realise tourism generates over €4bn for the Irish economy
annually. As we say: ’You are here to do business but stay to see the

Chairman of the venue,
Dermond Dwyer, noted The CCD was a landmark state building. He added his team
aimed to be the “best convention centre in Europe
by 2014”.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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