Since first opening its
doors as a brand-new convention centre in September 2019, ICC Wales has finally been able to
celebrate a full twelve months of trading.
Following its launch, ICC Wales was only able to open for six months before the pandemic hit,
meaning the venue had to close its doors for 18 months. After reopening last
autumn to stage a number of high-profile events including International Golf
Travel Market, Blas Cymru/Taste Wales and the Independent Schools Bursars’
Association annual conference, operations were again halted when renewed restrictions
hit Wales in December 2021.
Another two months of
trading since its latest relaunch in February 2022 allowed ICC Wales to finally
clock up the first-year milestone. The South Wales conference
centre has been making up for lost time during a busy period of activity. In
the eight weeks following the lifting of restrictions on business events in
Wales more than 42,500 people have passed through the doors.
Notable events which have
taken place so far this year at the 5,000-capacity venue include the 2022
BetVictor Welsh Open Snooker, Western Gateway Conference, 22 graduation
ceremonies for the University of South Wales, the Body Shop Awards, Ru Paul’s
Drag Race, The Wales Asian Wedding Fayre and the City of Newport Symphony
Danielle Bounds, sales director, ICC Wales said: “As a new venue, we haven’t had the easiest of
starts, but it’s with great pride that we can now say that we have finally been
able to celebrate a full 12 months of operating. We have a fantastic
facility here, and it’s wonderful to see it once more being filled with people
and buzzing with activity during our busiest ever period since opening in
the pandemic, many people are opting to take an indoors / outdoors approach to
events, and with the huge amount of space we have here, both inside and out, as
well as our flexible meeting rooms and breakout areas, we can design the space
around our clients and their evolving needs and requirements.”
ICC Wales can accommodate
more than 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a
1,500-seated auditorium, 15 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass
atrium with views of the surrounding ancient Coldra Woods and a 2,500 sqm
Listen out for an interview with Danielle Bounds talking about ICC Wales's Protect Duty report in the forthcoming series of M&IT's podcast, M&IT Talks.
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.