In pictures: ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter annual debate

Delegates gathered in Belfast to discuss ongoing changes in the international association market.


The UK and Ireland Chapter of ICCA welcomed more than 100 people to its annual debate last week, which took place in Belfast hosted by VisitBelfast and BelfastWaterfront.

The discussion was entitled 'The business environment is changing – are you?' and speakers included Diane Waldron, acting chair of ICCA UK&I Chapter; Laurie Scott, director of business development, VisitBelfast; and Oonagh O’Reilly, Belfast Waterfront.

The debate also included the launch of a competition to engage more closely with the industry’s millennials, who will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. 

To win the prize (which is worth more than £1,500), millennials working for UK & Ireland based ICCA members, who have not previously attended the ICCA Congress, need to submit a 500-word letter to their future self on what they think they will achieve in the next year based on their attendance at the congress. The letter should be accompanied by a link to an online two-minute video presentation. Entries should be sent to Laura Tully at Manchester Central via by 27 April, 2018.

"The debate was a true success and I want to say a huge thank you to Belfast, who were such incredible hosts," said Waldron. "The city welcomed us and put on a real show, the speakers were insightful and engaging but most importantly it was great to see our members gathering together, sharing best practice and knowledge for the benefit of all."

The debate was supported by Levy UK, VisitBelfast, Belfast Waterfront, Shocklogic, Event Associates, Soaring Worldwide, Harrogate Convention Centre, GES and The Europa Belfast.


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