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ExCel London wins best meetings venue in Europe

ExCel London has been crowned the best meetings and conference centre in Europe at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

The venue beat competition from Convention Centre Dublin, ICC Berlin, Fira Barcelona, Palais Des Congres de Paris, Fiera Milano City and Geneva Palexpo.

It is the fourth year in a row ExCel has won the title and will now go through to the final round of voting for the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry of World’s Best.  This will be announced at the Grand Final ceremony in December.

Tracy Halliwell, Director of Major Events and Business Tourism at London & Partners, said: “This richly deserved award highlights London’s comprehensive offering as a leading destination for business tourism.

“The meetings industry plays a central role in London’s economy and the capital offers unrivalled venues with facilities to accommodate a wide range of events.

“London has the expertise, the creativity, venues, hotels and the support services to ensure these events will receive a world class experience.”

James Rees, Executive Director, ExCeL London: “This is an incredible achievement and we are absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers.  It is testament to the passion and dedication of our teams at ExCeL, who have worked hard to attract and deliver some of the world’s leading events and the support we have had from London & Partners, local and national Government to help us achieve our ambition of becoming Europe’s leading events destination.  We are committed to investing in our infrastructure to ensure it remains a world class facility that continues to ensure our clients deliver their most successful events with increases in delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.”

The meetings industry generates £5.6 billion for the capital’s economy, according to a recent UK Economic Impact Study.

London hosts over 350,000 meetings per year and has over 2,700 venues with over 110,000 hotel rooms for delegates.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

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Notes to Editors

About London & Partners

London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London attracting and delivering value to businesses,

students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.  Our remit is to drive leisure and business visitors as well as bidding to secure major events in London, we can unlock the city for overseas businesses who want to set up or expand in London and we promote the capital’s world class universities to international students.

For further inquiries please contact Phil Nettleton at London & Partners – pnettleton@londonandpartners.com or 0207 234 5787

For further details on London ExCeL please visit www.excel-london.co.uk

For further media queries, please contact:

Gemma Parkhouse on 020 7069 4739 or email gemmaparkhouse@excel-london.co.uk

 

About ExCeL London

ExCeL London is the UK's premier events, exhibitions and conference venue, located in London on a 100-acre site alongside Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport. Since opening in November 2000, ExCeL London has hosted over 3,500 events including: trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences, sales meetings, product launches, AGMs, associations, gala dinners, award ceremonies, sporting events and religious festivals. More than seven million people from over 200 different countries have visited ExCeL London.  ExCeL London was acquired by ADNEC, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in 2008.

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