ICC Belfast joins AEV


ICC Belfast joins AEV

16 Sep 2020 by: AEV Team

ICC Belfast

We are delighted to announce that ICC Belfast has, today, joined the association.

AEV director, Rachel Parker, said, “I am thrilled that ICC Belfast has joined the AEV, we have been in discussion for some time and it is wonderful to be able to announce that the venue has come into membership. ICC Belfast has evolved and grown since its opening in 1997 and now it has firmly staked its place as a key venue on the European map, hosting major events and conferences. We are looking forward to welcoming the team at ICC Belfast to the many collaborative working opportunities that exist within the AEV, not least our extensive list of Working Groups.”

Originally opened in 1997, an extension to the venue, which now boasts over 7000sqm, was unveiled in 2016. The £29.5m redevelopment was funded by Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. The dedicated conferencing brand, ICC Belfast, was launched in October in order to reflect the venue’s status as a leading convention centre and to help drive national and international conference business.

“Collaboration is key to everything we do at ICC Belfast. We take a partnership approach when working with clients and inherit their KPIs as our own to give delegates an experience, not just another conference. The unrivalled opportunity AEV offers to partner with other leading convention centres was what really attracted us to become members. In sharing best practice and experience, we’ll be able to play our part in creating a sustainable business events industry. Our industry will be crucial to economic recovery and development and we are looking forward to working with our fellow members to get back to safely delivering incredible live event experiences as soon as possible.” Dave Young, head of production, ICC Belfast.

ICC Belfast has a vision to double its business through the relentless pursuit of excellence for everyone; people, clients, partners, customers and stakeholders. The venue’s economic contribution is ICC Belfast’s driver and in March 2020, the venue confirmed £108m economic impact had been delivered for the City of Belfast, exceeding the original target of £100m by March 2021.



  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval