Business events yield significant benefits, not only for the delegates who attend to hear from globally acclaimed keynote speakers and network with industry peers, but for the host cities too. This benefits the local hotels, hospitality businesses and can be a catalyst for investment in key growth sectors.
A commitment to collaboration with clients will be key to rebuilding this industry. Team Belfast is well versed in partnership working and strive to ensure that from the moment an event is confirmed for the city, until the last delegate leaves, their expectations are exceeded.
Visitor safety will remain our priority at the AEV member venue that has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard as well as the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp. Together with sister entertainments venue, Waterfront Hall, ICC Belfast has been operating in a COVID secure way since June 2020. Ulster Orchestra have been using the Waterfront Hall as a socially distanced rehearsal and broadcast space, while ICC Belfast has been in use as a COVID secure Nightingale venue by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service since January 2021.These events have equipped the team with the knowledge and experience to return to the safe delivery of live events; ensuring best practice is followed and public health guidance is adhered to at all times.
Robust risk assessments, enhanced cleaning protocols and appropriate provision of PPE and signage to direct delegate flow are among the mitigation measures in place to provide peace of mind. Matching ICC Belfast’s platinum standards, our providers of hospitality, security and maintenance are working with us to facilitate a seamless and safe event experience.
Julia Corkey, ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall Chief Executive commented on the announcement saying, “We are delighted to have received an indicative date for the reopening of ICC Belfast.
This greatly assists the team in finalising plans to welcome visitors back to our venues. It provides our team and clients with the confidence that the industry will thrive once again.
We are looking ahead to a positive future and are excited that we will now be able to bring back great live entertainment and business events that drive economic impact for Belfast and Northern Ireland."
During the period of venue closure, the team at ICC Belfast honed their skills in hybrid and virtual events. The in-house specialists built a Hybrid Studio that was used to launch the One Young World 2023 Summit as well as product launches, conferences and award ceremonies.
The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) has also been using ICC Belfast as a Nightingale venue to reduce the backlog of cases built up prior to and during the pandemic.
Preparations to welcome visitors back are well underway and details of upcoming conferences can be found here.