Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Ulster Business
Pictured behind Rachael McGuickin, director of business tourism at Visit Belfast are (l-r) Mike Steele, chief executive of the British Society of Animal Science, Visit Belfast chief executive Gerry Lennon, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Ryan Law, a local committee member from the European Federation of Animal Science, Dr Sinclair Mayne from AFBI, Dr Alistair Carson, British Society of Animal Science president, and Jennifer Patterson from Belfast Waterfront.
Belfast will host a global conference in 2016 with the potential to generate £2.3m for the Northern Ireland economy.
It will host the 67th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science which is expected to attract 1,200 delegates from across the fields of animal science, welfare and nutrition.
The conference will be held over five days and will be based in the soon-to-be expanded Belfast Waterfront between August 29th and September 1 2016 as well as in other venues across the city.
Organisers said the city won the event because of its experience in the agri-food sector ahead of Manchester and Glasgow which had also pitched.
Professor Philippe Chemineau, President of the European Federation of Animal Science, and Dr Andrea Rosati, the organisation's Secretary, will be at the Balmoral Show this week to outline in more detail the plans for the conference and to outline opportunities for local industry participation.
Belfast will follow Warsaw as host for the event and has been supported by Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board through the Conference Subvention Scheme.
"Hosting the annual conference of the European Federation of Animal Science will provide the city with a significant economic boost for our bustling conference, hospitality and retail sectors," Belfast Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said.
Visit Belfast Chief Executive Gerry Lennon said winning the event offers significant possibilities for Belfast.
"Our success in this latest conference bid provides us with another huge opportunity to showcase the newly-extended Belfast Waterfront to an audience of professionals from right across Europe, who, we hope will continue to pass on the word about our own professionalism and ability in hosting events of stature and prestige."