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Dublin bags nine association events

A major international events centre has boosted its tally of association wins. The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has contracted nine international association conferences, ranging in size from 600 to 2,200 delegates. Tourism chiefs say the events will generate revenue more than €13m (£9m) for the city’s economy. The events include the British Elbow and Shoulder Society’s annual scientific meeting, the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s annual International Symposium and the Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland annual congress. Marketing support was provided through Fáilte Ireland the National Tourism Development Authority. Sam Johnston, manager at the Dublin Convention Bureau, said: “This is financial support to help the associations towards marketing and attracting more delegates to attend the Dublin conference. This money is based on international delegates attending and is around €10 per head for the first 999 international delegates and then over that it steps up to around €20 per international delegate." Nick Waight, CEO, The Convention Centre Dublin, said: “This year is proving to be another very strong year for The CCD in terms of international association bookings, following on from an unprecedented run of wins in 2014. Key factors in this success include the venue’s flexibility and suitability for association meetings, Dublin’s accessibility and range of accommodation, excellent city support from Dublin Convention Bureau and, of course, consistently exceptional service from the CCD team. We are committed to continually refining our product to adapt to the needs of associations, to enable Ireland to attract innovative and inspiring events from all across the globe”.