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Get ready to be wowed by Wales at the M&IT Awards 2019

ICC Wales is set to stage a ‘Welsh takeover’ of the M&IT Awards 2019 with an exciting and action-packed programme of entertainment.

As headline sponsor of the industry’s largest awards show, this year the event will provide a warm Welsh welcome with modern Welsh culture, food and entertainment, and will take place on St David’s Day, 1st March.

The evening’s entertainment at Battersea Evolution is expected to attract more than 1,200 industry professionals. There will be many performances over the course of the evening from Welsh acts, with the evening compered by Welsh television presenter Gethin Jones.

The mouth-watering dinner menu will include locally-sourced Welsh produce such as Cardigan Bay crab, Brecon Lamb and oak smoked Cerwyn cheese.

ICC Wales will also create immersive, sensory experiences designed to reinforce the Wales sense of place and give a flavour of what the new venue will feel like for the first delegates through its doors later this year.

As well as introducing the new venue, the evening will showcase Wales as a destination ready to welcome the world for business events.

ICC Wales chief executive Ian Edwards said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the M&IT Awards 2019, one of the industry’s most anticipated events. With ICC Wales opening later this year, this is a fantastic platform for us, along with Business Events Wales and its partners to ride the wave and show the industry just what our country can do when it comes to organising events.

“We are very proud of Wales as a destination, so this was the perfect opportunity to showcase our country’s vibrant food, music and culture. We look forward to wowing everyone with our warm Welsh welcome, Wales is waiting for you!”

An £83.7m joint venture between Welsh Government and the Celtic Manor Resort, building work began on the ICC Wales site in June 2017. Once complete in the summer of 2019, the venue will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000 sqm – the equivalent size to nearly four international rugby pitches. ICC Wales will accommodate up to 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000 sqm pillar-free main hall, 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500 sqm outdoor plaza.