Posted on Thursday 28 January 2016 by Ulster Business

 Waterfront makes waves with conference buyers

One of the biggest business tourism developments in Northern Ireland in recent years has opened the stage door to potential buyers.

The extended and refurbished Belfast Waterfront hosted conference buyers from around the globe to a tour of its extensive new facilities today, four months ahead of the official opening in May.

It’s hoped the £29.5m investment by Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund will allow bigger events to come to Belfast, and  so far, initial interest bodes well.

The venue has already secured 25 events for the city over the next three years which will bring in the region of 70,000 delegates spending over £34m (by 2020 the facility is targeting 35,000 conference visitors a year) and it’s hoped the sneak preview of the facilities will persuade more to sign up.

Conference buyers visiting the Waterfront were given a tour of the new conference and event space which includes two interconnecting multipurpose halls which together measure over 2,500m2, three additional meeting rooms, each accommodating up to 200 delegates and a new 660m2 reception area.

In addition, there’s a 2,000 seat auditorium, 380 seat studio and 14 existing meeting rooms, all designed to attract potentially lucrative conferences and events from around the world.

The first conference to arrive once the Belfast Waterfront opens is the Belfast Surgical Week, organised by ASGBI, in May 2016.

It will bring 2,000 specialist and is expected to generate £2.2m for the city’s economy.

 

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