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AIPC celebrates Valencia’s APEX award at London garden party

Global venue association, AIPC held a summer garden party in the heart of London 3 July, as part of its annual conference programme. The reception, held at the QEII Centre, saw the presentation of the prestigious AIPC APEX award to Valencia Conference Centre.

The AIPC Apex Award is presented to the convention centre with the highest client satisfaction rating over the past two years.

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The evening began with a chartered Thames Clipper transporting guests down the river from ExCel to Westminster Pier, before they arrived at QEII for a welcome reception on the green.

The main AIPC Annual Conference and General Assembly sessions took place place at ExCel London, 1-4 July.

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Guests wanting to follow England’s progress in the knock-out stages of the World Cup were able to watch the nail-biting match against Colombia on QEII’s 4k video wall in the foyer, with smaller screens also showing the game upstairs in the fifth-floor Cambridge reception space.

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Chief executive of the QEII Centre, Mark Taylor, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome more than 200 leading convention centre professionals from around the world to the QEII Centre, where our events team pulled out all the stops to create a stunning summer garden party. Welcoming hundreds of your global peers brings with it a certain level of pressure, but the team once again showed just what an exceptional operation we are, set against a highly competitive global market place. I could not be more proud.

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“The theming was perfectly suited to the heatwave we’re currently enjoying in London, and we made sure to cater to sports fans with England’s World Cup game being screened live, right up until the final penalty.”