Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) has become the first major event venue in the UK to be awarded AIPC Gold certification.
It joins a group of 29 venues certified by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) in continental Europe, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and the US.
AIPC represents a global network of 175 centres in 57 countries and one of the association’s self-stated goals is promoting excellence in convention centre management.
BIC is the largest purpose-built event venue on England’s south coast, hosting hundreds of business events a year. The venue is managed by social enterprise BH Live, in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.
“Achieving the AIPC Quality Standards Certification – and especially at gold level – is a fantastic endorsement of the skills and commitment of our team to running an efficient, multi-purpose facility capable of delivering world-class conferencing, exhibition, entertainment and hospitality services,” says Pat Coyne, BH Live’s director of venues. “It shows that we are consistently meeting and exceeding the most exacting international standards in the event industry.”
BIC general manager Steve Turner adds: “AIPC is the highest level of accreditation in the global events market. Achieving the gold standard gives us a unique competitive advantage and the momentum to attract yet more shows, conferences and exhibitions to Bournemouth.”
In 2015/2016, more than 600,000 people attended consumer and business events at Bournemouth International Centre and its nearby sister venue Bournemouth Pavilion. This generated more than £66m for the local economy.
BH Live was also a finalist in AIPC’s Innovation Awards for its hospitality business model and sustains 4,000 local jobs across multiple sectors.