The Calabar International Convention Centre (Calabar ICC) is a landmark, purpose-built facility located in Calabar, Cross River, arguably Nigeria’s most beautiful state.
Opening in the third quarter of 2015, this state-of-the-art, multifunctional convention centre will host events for national and global audiences comprising business, government and international associations. The Calabar ICC offers the market an almost unlimited scale capability to host a wide range of events – from intimate business meetings and workshops to large audience product launches, press conferences, congresses, exhibitions and conventions.
The scale and flexibility of the venue offers the freedom to design an event that will impress the audience and enhance the stature of the client. Coupled with a skilled and well-equipped technical, catering and support team, the Calabar ICC aims to earn the reputation as one of Africa’s most enticing meetings, conferences and exhibition venues.
Nigeria’s economy is the largest in Africa, with a dynamic and exciting business culture and an aggressive developmental agenda. It therefore makes sense that Nigeria plays an increasingly important role in the international business events market.
Calabar is destined to become West Africa’s business meeting and event destination of choice.
The Calabar ICC is located in a free trade zone (FTZ) and, as such, exhibitors and conference organisers are exempt from paying VAT, WHT and other national and statelevied taxes on transactions within the FTZ. An additional benefit is that exhibitors may bring in items duty free, including those in prohibited categories such as furniture and fabrics.
The design and overall aesthetic of the Calabar ICC was the creative work of the renowned Danish architects, Henning Larsen Architects. They brought to the table their international experience of successfully designing a wide range of concert and convention centres in many different countries.
In November 2011, Henning Larsen Architects won an international competition for the design contract of the Calabar International Convention Centre, and in 2012 the construction of the Calabar ICC commenced.
The Calabar ICC is part of the remarkable 367 hectare Summit Hills mixed-use development, just north of the city of Calabar.
Summit Hills includes a 4-star 300-room business hotel (in view), an international hospital and medical facility, an 18-hole golf course and a residential development.
The location and convenience of the Calabar ICC is ideal for convention organisers and delegates, being a short 15-minute drive from downtown Calabar – with its hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, and entertainment and cultural attractions – and a 30-minute drive from the Margaret Ekpo International Airport.