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Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre winner of the 2002 Apex Award
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Apex award for World's Best Convention Centre

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


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