BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, July 8, 2002— The Board of Directors of the
Association Internationale de Palais des Congrès (AIPC) is pleased
to advise that the winner of the 2002 Apex Award for "World's Best
Convention Centre" is the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
in Vancouver, Canada. The Award was made at this year's AIPC General
Assembly in Tenerife, Spain, and the selection was made from 22
finalists out of the total AIPC membership of 124 congress and convention
facilities in 47 countries world wide.
The Apex Award is made annually on the basis of a comprehensive
performance and customer satisfaction analysis carried out by Professor
Jerzy Jawarski of the University of Applied Sciences in Helibron,
Germany. The independent "blind" evaluation process used by Professor
Jaworski ensures an objective analysis of the data which is based
on a series of factors including congress facilities, project management,
catering and technology.
The award to Vancouver marks the first time the Apex Award has
been made to a North American facility. It is also the first occasion
on which the award recipient has been a member of the AIPC executive,
since Ms. Barbara Maple, the General Manager of the Vancouver Convention
& Exhibition Centre, is also the current President of AIPC. Previous
Apex Award winners have been the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention
Centre in Australia and Congress Innsbruck in Austria.
"AIPC is delighted that this year's winner is the Vancouver
Convention & Exhibition Centre, who are also the winner of a previous
AIPC Best Marketing award," said Marianne de Raay, Secretary
General of AIPC. "We are also pleased by the fact that it demonstrates
the personal commitment to convention centre excellence embraced
by the members of our AIPC executive, in this case our current President".
"The determination of the Apex Award winner is made on the
basis of evaluations by international meeting professionals who
are in a position to compare the performance of facilities from
many different parts of the world, This means that the winner represents
a true international standard of excellence", she added.
Founded in 1958, AIPC is a professional, non-profit association
of international congress centres devoted to the pursuit of high
standards and the recognition of excellence in facility management.
With a global network of more than 120 of the world's leading meeting
facilities, its mission is to improve the quality of management
expertise in the areas of operations, finance, technology, staff
development, marketing, client relations and environment. It is
based in Brussels, Belgium.
For further information:
Marianne de Raay, Secretary General AIPC
(32) 534 59 53
Fax (32) 534 63 38