The ACT (Association of Corporate Treasurers) has confirmed that its award-winning Annual Conference will be held at ICC Wales in both 2020 and 2023. This is the first time the association has returned to Wales since the event was last held at ICC Wales sister venue Celtic Manor in 2006.
Since its beginnings 15 years ago, the ACT Annual Conference has grown into a convention centre format. In 2020 it’s estimated that over 1100 senior treasury and finance professionals are expected to attend the event at the new venue in Newport, South Wales, which opens in 2019. The event is projected to boost the local economy by an estimated £1.7m.
The ACT Annual Conference at ICC Wales will be held over two days and is expected to attract delegates from around 20 countries and over 300 companies for topical discussions, networking and thought-provoking keynote sessions. The ACT’s aim is to raise the profile of the treasury profession, influence policy makers and regulators, provide internationally recognised qualifications, champion continuous professional development and define standards.
Caroline Stockmann, chief executive at the ACT said:
“The ACT Annual Conference has prospered and evolved since its beginnings in 2004. We have chosen ICC Wales for both our 2020 and 2023 events because the new venue will have the capacity and flexibility to host a large event such as ours, with an expert team. We’re very much looking forward to experiencing the new venue.”
Ian Edwards, CEO of ICC Wales, said:
“I’m delighted that another major conference organised by an industry-leading association has been confirmed for ICC Wales, just over one year before its opening date. We have experienced a spike in sales enquiries and confirmed bookings over the past few months, with event organisers valuing our venue’s easy access to London, its peaceful woodland setting and state of the art large-scale meetings facilities.”
An £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Manor Resort and Welsh Government, when it opens in 2019, ICC Wales will accommodate up to 5,000 delegates. The venue includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500 sqm outdoor plaza.