Manchester secured the event following a formal tender process, reviewed by the ICCA UK and Ireland chapter board. The bid was led by Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester. With around 80 delegates from across the UK and Ireland expected to attend, the annual debate will leverage several venues across the city, including Manchester Central and the Town Hall Manchester. A full content programme and theme for the two-day event will be unveiled later in the year.
Lesley Williams, Chair of the UK and Ireland Chapter of ICCA and Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh, says: “Manchester’s bid was very strong and the location works really well for our members who travel from across the whole of the UK and Ireland to attend the annual debate, the primary event in the chapter calendar. We are looking forward to working with the teams at Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester to create a vibrant event in an exciting destination.”
Angie Robinson, CEO at Manchester Central, said: "We're delighted to have secured this event and the opportunity to showcase what the venue and the wider city has to offer the international convention industry. We have a strong track record in delivering some of the world's leading events and this will be no exception."
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “Manchester is in the midst of a really exciting stage in its progression as an international city, with a meetings industry that’s going from strength to strength. It’s therefore very fitting that ICCA have chosen Manchester as the location for their next debate. We look forward to welcoming them for what we anticipate will be a lively and rewarding few days.”