ExCeL London has won the title ‘Venue of the
Year’ at one of Europe’s premier awards ceremonies for the events
industry, which took place in London last week.
Under the ownership of the Abu Dhabi National
Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), ExCeL London beat off world famous
competition including Manchester United Football Club, Wembley
Arena and Birmingham NEC to win the accolade.
In addition to the success of ExCeL London, IDEX
2009, the 9th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and
Conference, was highly commended at the awards ceremony as a
finalist in the category for ‘Best Trade Show Over 2000m2’
acknowledging the size, scale and success of IDEX 2009.
The ‘Venue of
the Year’ accolade recognises the achievements and
initiatives of ExCeL London over the past year, with the most
significant of these being the Phase 2 extension due for
completion in April 2010.
The AED 1 billion project, which was
initiated by ADNEC after its take-over of the successful London
venue in May 2008, will increase event space by over 50% and add
17 flexible meeting rooms, a 2000 seat conference suite and 5000
capacity auditorium, creating one of Europe’s largest exhibition
and event venues.
Commenting on the success,
Simon Horgan, ADNEC Group CEO, said, “This is an outstanding win
for ADNEC against some incredibly tough competition. The success
of ExCeL London confirms the wise investment decision of Abu Dhabi
and provides the perfect platform for ADNEC to continue its
strategy of developing a world class network of venues to serve
the global exhibitions and events industry.
I am also delighted
that IDEX 2009 was a finalist in the ‘Best Trade Show’ category.
The global exhibitions market is incredibly competitive and for
IDEX to be recognised as one of the world’s leading exhibitions is
a great honour.”
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