The spectacular new venue hosted more than 8,000 delegates during its opening two weeks with the three-day UK Space Conference among the first events to make use of the 4,000 sq m pillar-free exhibition hall, the 1,500-seat auditorium and the 15 flexible meeting rooms.
The innovative convention centre, which is surrounded by acres of woodland, is already becoming known for its unique incorporation of the outdoors with stunning woodland views, natural daylight throughout the venue and outdoor meeting areas.
Ian Edwards, Chief Executive, ICC Wales, said: “We are delighted to be launching ICC Wales to the international market at IBTM World this year following an amazing series of opening events. We have created something really special in Wales and we are now extending an open invitation to the world to visit us and find out for themselves what makes us so proud of our exciting and flexible new event spaces.
“ICC Wales is a game-changer for Wales and establishes the whole country as a true destination for business events. We are also proud to be supporting the Year of the Outdoors in Wales in 2020 which will showcase our own natural surroundings and the wider landscapes of Wales.”
The Year of the Outdoors next year will include two recently secured major international showcases to be hosted at the newly opened ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort. Meet GB, VisitBritain’s flagship event for the international business events community, will take place in April next year, incorporating themes of wellbeing, nature and sustainability using inspiration from ICC Wales’ woodland surroundings.
ICC Wales and Celtic Manor will also host the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) next October - the first time the global B2B event for the golf travel industry has been hosted in the UK. The event will showcase Wales’ business strengths combined with beautiful natural terrain, suitable for the year-round golf offering that exists across Wales. The country is home to 200 golf courses, from historic seaside links to beautifully manicured parkland resorts.
Earlier this year ICC Wales published ‘The Great Outdoors – how the natural world can enhance a business events experience’. The report focussed on the positive benefits nature can bring to an event experience, including greater learning and wellbeing experiences, and a ten-point guide to making an event “nature-friendly”.
ICC Wales, Visit Wales and partners will be on stand G30 at IBTM World 2019.