A congress hotel, trading centre and local businesses will be built next to the existing ICC Jerusalem as part of Jerusalem Municipality’s business quarter plan. A proposed date for the completion of the project is not yet known.
The 31,000m2 ICC currently hosts between 400 and 500 local and international events every year and more than 400,000 delegates across its 27 conference halls and exhibition areas.
The new development programme includes the construction of an 800-bedroom congress hotel, 6,000m2 of exhibition areas, ballrooms, study halls, an auditorium and a communication centre.
Mira Altman, CEO of ICC Jerusalem, has led the project for the past five years. She said: "As the first congress centre in Israel and the most experienced, we benefit from the professional reputation and the great experience that this place has gathered. Nevertheless, we make a constant effort to look into the future and adjust to the changing environment around us."
The team involved in planning the centre includes HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting, which has experience in planning convention centres, and the international architect Moshe Safdie, who was involved in the Marina Bay Sands Conference Center in Singapore.
Altman said: "As a tourist attraction with global importance, Jerusalem has a great advantage; there is no doubt that the implementation of this programme will lead to economic, occupational and promotional growth of the city."