London ICC contribution to capital hits £5bn, says Grant Thornton study

The investment in the International Convention Centre at Excel London by its Abu Dhabi owners ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), has resulted in London benefitting to the tune of £5bn in economic impact, according to new research.

The figure for the value of the move to build the ICC and its operation over the past five years comes from a study by Grant Thornton. The numbers do not include the role the venue played during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Annual revenues at Excel London’s ICC have doubled over the last five years, according to the venue’s management.
Excel London executive director, James Rees says: “Opening the ICC was the right decision not only for us but for London. In 2008, with the endorsement of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, we committed to build and open London’s first truly International Convention Centre. At the time London was 19th in the ICCA rankings but we strongly recognised the economic benefit that hosting more ICCA-rated events and large scale corporate conventions would bring to the capital.

“With the support of our owners ADNEC the new £165m ICC was opened in May 2010 and allowed London to bid for and host major international congresses and events for the first time.”

Rees continues: “Five years on, with London now sitting at sixth in the ICCA rankings, we are able to provide organisers with the assurance that by choosing London they will be working with a city which understands their business and can help them to deliver record-breaking, profitable events. The upside of hosting large conventions is the positive effect for London as a whole with smaller events being hosted in hotels, universities and other boutique venues around the city.”

The venue management claims 2015 was its busiest ever year for conferences and events, including the European Society of Cardiology, HPE Discover, Microsoft Future Decoded, EuroPerio8, Salesforce1 World Tour London, ERA-EDTA 2015 (European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplantation Association), Adobe Summit, IEEE International Conference on Communications and LinkedIn Talent Connect.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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