The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will host the Velo-city conference series in June 2019 which is expected to attract 2,000 international participants and generate over €3 million for the Irish economy.
The CCD worked closely with conference ambassadors Dublin Cycling Campaign to bring the conference to Dublin and were supported by Dublin City Council, Abbey Conference & Events and Dublin Convention Bureau. The bid was led by Dublin City Council with Dublin and Helsinki shortlisted as potential hosts for Velo-city 2019. An intensive site visit took place in both cities and Dublin came out on top.
Marcio Deslandes, Velo-city Series Director commented, “Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more livable, safe and active environment for its citizens.” While Bernhard Ensink, ECF Secretary General added, “We are excited to bring participants from all continents to Dublin. Velo-city 2019 will offer a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide.”
Paul Carnell, Sales Director of The CCD commented, “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the European Cyclists’ Federation’s Annual Global Cycling Summit in 2019. The CCD is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues and we constantly strive towards on-going improvement in our business practices. We are excited to be involved in this event, which fits so well with our commitment to long-term sustainability.”
Dublin previously hosted Velo-city in 2005 and is the first city in the world to be awarded the conference twice. Hosting Velo-city in 2005 proved a catalyst for cycling growth in the city with the number of cyclists increasing by 150% since then.
Dublin’s theme for Velo-City 2019 is ‘Cycling for the Ages’, which will encourage cycling by people of all ages, young and old, male and female and to promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of cycling. The theme will also show the evolution of cycling in Dublin through the ages and into the future.