London: Mayor Backs ‘London’s First International Convention Centre’ at ExCeL

Launch. The debate for a London International Convention Centre (ICC) was finally put to bed today with the launch of ICC London ExCeL, the official identity of the venue’s 176 m euros Phase II investment, with endorsement from Visit London, the GLA and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The launch coincided with a new commitment from the city to attract more large scale conference and events with ICC London ExCeL representing the first purpose built large scale convention venue in London. ICC London ExCeL is set to open in May 2010, on time and on budget.
“London ICC ExCeL has been developed following intensive consultation with clients, buyers and industry experts and meets every requirement of an ICC,” commented Kevin Murphy, CEO ExCeL London. “What’s more it is completely privately funded without strain on the public purse but with a projected economic benefit of 1.7bn euros by the end of 2011.”

“London's fighting back - we want to attract more international events and overseas companies to the capital, building on the seven million business travellers that come each year,” commented Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “Visit London is delighted to support the launch of London’s first International Convention Centre venue - ExCeL London. This is a significant and historic moment for the city and marks a new chapter in London’s offer as a global events and business destination.” Adds Sally Chatterjee, Interim CEO for Visit London. ICC London ExCeL also represents the first Olympic venue to be completed, some two years ahead of the Olympics and completely privately funded.