AIPC celebrates Valencia’s APEX award on the London Backyard Celebration


AIPC, a global venue association, held a Summer Garden Party on July 3rd in the heart of London as part of its annual conference program. At the reception in the QEII Center, the prestigious AIPC APEX Award was presented to the Valencia Conference Center.

The AIPC Apex Award is given to the convention center with the highest customer satisfaction rating in the past two years.

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

The main meetings of the AIPC Annual Conference and the General Assembly took place from July 1st to 4th at ExCel London.


Guests who wanted to follow England’s progress in the knockout phase of the World Cup could watch the exciting game against Colombia on the 4k video wall of QEII in the foyer. The game was also shown on smaller screens on the fifth floor of the Cambridge reception room.


Mark Taylor, QEII Center General Manager, said, “It was a pleasure to welcome more than 200 leading convention center professionals from around the world to the QEII Center, where our events team has pulled out all the stops to create a stunning summer garden Party. There is some pressure to welcoming hundreds of your global colleagues, but the team has once again shown what an exceptional operation we are in a highly competitive global marketplace. I couldn’t be more proud.


“The theme was perfect for the heat wave we’re enjoying in London right now and we have made sure that sports fans will be broadcast live with England’s World Cup game until the final penalty.”