ICCA UK & Ireland to take 2017 annual debate to Manchester

The ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter has selected Manchester as host destination for the association’s annual debate, scheduled for 8-10 March, 2017.

Manchester secured the event following a formal tender process. The association expects 80 delegates to attend the two-day event and venues to be used include Manchester Central and the Town Hall Manchester.

Chapter chair Lesley Williams, who is also head of business tourism at Convention Edinburgh, said: “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.”

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, added: “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.”

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is a global community for the meetings industry consisting of specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. The association has a network of 950 suppliers in 88 countries and the UK & Ireland Chapter has 70 member organisations.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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