AIPC Excellence in Convention Centre Management held a summer garden party in the heart of London last night (Tuesday 3 July), with an evening reception and Apex Award presentation at the QEII Centre.
Part of AIPC’s Annual Conference, which has been taking place at ExCel from 1-4 July, the AIPC Apex Award is presented to the convention centre with the highest client satisfaction rating over the past two years.
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 summer garden party theming by event theming partners Event-Trees included blossom trees, picnic benches and hay bales, live musical entertainment from the Wandering Hands, and a Pimms and canapés reception hosted by QEII Taste.
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.
The quintessentially British summer theming continued through the Cambridge up into the sixth-floor Mountbatten, with its stunning views of the London city skyline, where the finest local produce was showcased alongside street food-style stalls that reflected the diversity of modern Britain, including Indian and Italian delicacies.
Following a welcome by chief executive of the QEII Centre, Mark Taylor, the AIPC Apex Award was presented to this year’s winner – Valencia Conference Centre.
Speaking after the event, 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.”
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.”