27 finalists compete for AIPC Apex Award


AIPC – the International Association of Congress Centres – is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition center managers world wide. This year’s AIPC Apex Award will be one of the most hotly contested ever, with 27 finalists vying for recognition as the “World’s Best Congress Centre.”

With all preliminary analyses now complete, these 27 have emerged from an overall field of 36 entrants, up some 30 percent over the previous competition in 2008.

“These are competitive times in the industry, and a record number of centers have seen the AIPC Apex Award as a way to distinguish themselves,” said AIPC president Edgar Hirt. “Our members also understand that regardless of whether or not they win, their participation guarantees them a highly-organized assessment of their center’s performance as seen through the eyes of their international clients, which is a huge benefit in itself.”

Finalists have been selected on their having met all competition criteria, including identifying a sufficient number of client evaluators to meet the requirements for the competition. The winner will be selected on the basis of how well identified clients rate each center in terms of a variety of criteria that related to the center’s performance.

“This year we also had a higher average number of client references per participant, which means that the assessments going into the award are more rigorous than ever,” said Hirt.

The 2010 AIPC Apex Award winner will be announced at this year’s AIPC Annual Conference in Liverpool.

The 27 finalists for 2010 are:

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
Adelaide Convention Centre
Congress Center Basel
Belfast Waterfront
Bregenzer Festspiel- und Kongresshaus Gmbh
Brighton Centre
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cairns Convention Centre
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Darwin Convention Centre
International Convention Center Durban
Messe Congress Graz
Congress und Messe Innsbruck
International Convention Center Jerusalem
Kyoto International Conference Center
Lisboa Congress Centre
m:con – Congress Center Rosengarten
Le Corum Congress Center
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Nantes International Convention Centre
Kursaal Centre
Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Congress Centre-Sofia, National Palace of Culture
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tampere Hall
Valencia Conference Centre
Hofburg Vienna