2016 is Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink and it promises to serve up something truly spectacular that will more than whet business travellers’ appetite and encourage them to return time and time again.
For starters, Belfast offers the perfect balance of a rich culture, vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine and diverse attractions. Northern Ireland’s capital city is making a name for itself as the perfect business tourism destination thanks to an investment of over a billion pounds over the past decade. Today a new vibrant and inspirational meeting place eagerly awaits delegates.
Even with the city’s engaging and exciting attractions, it’s the main course that adds a whole new dynamic to Belfast’s offering.
An extensive expansion programme to Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland’s only purpose built conference centre, has seen its event space double to 7,000m2. Opening in May this year, the new facility will deliver a brand new event experience for up to 5,000 delegates.
Event planners will be spoilt for choice with multipurpose halls spanning over 2,500m2, a 2,000-seat auditorium, a 380-seat studio, 17 meeting rooms for ten to 200 delegates and exterior terraces with spectacular riverside views, as well as enhanced communications technology.
Extra helpings of flexible space have already enticed many associations to consider Belfast as a host city.
Dr. Frank Amoneit, Managing Director of Euro Fed Lipid, explains:“Belfast Waterfront’s new expansion put Belfast on the table as a confirmed host city for the 16th Euro Fed Lipid Congress in 2018. In addition, the city’s overall package of facilities, a good spread of hotels nearby the venue and an extensive network of flights made Belfast an attractive destination for our annual conference.”
Likewise, the venue’s expanding offering influenced the decision making process for the Association of Breast Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons. Lucy Davies, Association Manager, adds: “The Association of Breast Surgery is looking forward to holding its Conference & AGM in the new Waterfront facilities in 2017. The ABS Conference & AGM is held around the UK and the expanded facilities will enable the Association to use Belfast for the first time.”
Euro Fed Lipid and the Association of Breast Surgery are not alone in choosing Belfast Waterfront. The venue has already secured over 30 international and national events for the next three years, generating 70,000 delegate days and bringing in over £34 million for the city.
… and dessert
Finally, for dessert, event planners and delegates will have the entire city at their service – all 333,000 service providers - to help create lasting memories.
To find out how Belfast Waterfront can accommodate your events, please call the sales team on +44 (0)28 9044 3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture New Belfast Waterfront © TODD Architects
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