ICC Wales celebrates 12 months of trading

Since opening its doors as a new convention centre in September 2019, ICC Wales has finally been able to celebrate a full twelve months’ worth of trading.

Following its launch, ICC Wales was only able to open for six months before the pandemic began, meaning the venue had to close its doors for 18 months.

After reopening last autumn to stage a number of 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 reach its first-year milestone.

In the eight weeks following the lifting of restrictions on business events in Wales, more than 42,500 people visited the convention centre.

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 twelve months of operating.”

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 Orchestra.

Upcoming shows at the venue include the Ultimate Home Show (29 May), Wales & West Photography Show (8-9 July) and Comic Con Wales (6-7 August).

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