Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is ICC Belfast
A. ICC Belfast is Northern Ireland's only purpose-built international convention centre boasting over two decades' experience in delivering world-class events.
Q. When did ICC Belfast open?
A. The venue first opened in 1997 as the Waterfront Hall, playing host to a galaxy of entertainment and conferencing events. Northern Ireland’s burgeoning business tourism sector, coupled with the increase in demand for conference, exhibition and breakout space indicated the need for an increase in venue capacity. The £29.5m redevelopment, which was funded by Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund significantly increased the capacity of the venue. The conferencing brand then repositioned to ICC Belfast in 2018.
Q. What makes ICC Belfast different from other international convention centres?
A. ICC Belfast's spaces and facilities are world-class, it’s ideally located at the heart of one of Europe’s most accessible, vibrant and flourishing cities and the compact nature of Belfast makes for a city-wide conference experience like no other. When a conference or event comes to Belfast our collaborative approach with key city partners means that delegates, exhibitors and organisers can be guaranteed a true sense of ownership of the city.
Q. How accessible is Belfast as a destination?
A. The city of Belfast is served by two airports, Belfast International Airport (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), which are located 25km and 5km from ICC Belfast respectively. The availability of over 450 weekly flights within the UK, Europe and North America from these airports make Belfast easily accessible. Belfast is also an ideal connection hub for travelling further afield and is a 90-minute transfer from Dublin Airport, which offers another 180 routes including daily direct flights to the Middle East, Asia and multiple North American destinations.
Q. Why will my event be world-class if I choose to host it in ICC Belfast?
ICC Belfast is based in the heart of the city Lonely Planet named the best place to visit in 2018. Belfast is a unique, vibrant and exclusive business tourism destination that is steeped in culture. The opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in this culture, and experience the best of what the city has to offer throughout their stay are endless. Whether it’s an Irish whiskey tasting, a Michelin star meal crafted using local produce or the Game of Thrones tour, ICC will work collaboratively with our trusted partners to deliver an unrivalled city-wide conference experience. Before, during and after your event, the ICC Belfast team will be able to provide support and solutions across all event functions including Technical Production, Catering, Marketing and many more.