02 visitbelfast.com/conference +44 (0)28 9023 9026 VISIT BELFAST Meet the new Belfast Embraced on one side by the Belfast Hills and lapped on the other by the waters of Belfast Lough, Belfast is a welcoming city that is alive with creativity and innovation, combined with a captivating history and architecture to match. Belfast is the meetings and events destination that everyone’s talking about, the place that conference organisers are racing to get to, knowing that their conference will grab attention and really stand out. Belfast is a compact city jammed full of culture, of rich history and heritage, home to striking architecture, maritime legacy, and just about the friendliest, mostwelcoming people you’ll find anywhere. No wonder Northern Ireland was ranked as the ‘happiest place in the United Kingdom’ in early 2016. And we know that happiness rubs off on our guests too. Over one billion pounds has been invested in the city over the past ten years, and that confidence in the city continues to grow. More than 1,500 new hotel rooms will be available by 2018, as local and international developers commit to being part of the city’s development and its new and ever-evolving story. You’ll
VISIT BELFAST 03 it’s time to visit Belfast find that we’re never more than two flights from anywhere in the world and prices from the UK are usually no more than standard rail travel. Belfast has invested significantly in its conference venues over the last few years, so side by side the £30m new extension of the Belfast Waterfront, you’ll find classic architecture in the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre and in contrast the iconic Titanic Belfast, situated on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built. Northern Ireland is a nation of innovators, inventors, creators and game changers, all with a Titanic ambition to keep leading the way in a whole range of sectors. We have a young and highly educated workforce that helps keep us forerunners in ICT, creative industries, renewable energy, engineering, agri-food, business services, aerospace and medicine. Imagine how much lesser the world would be without London buses, comfy aeroplane seats, air conditioning, defibrillators and drinking chocolate, all of which began their life here in Belfast. Consider too the confidence that others have placed in us. Some of the biggest events in the world have come to Northern Ireland. The G8 Summit, Giro d’Italia, MTV Awards, Turner Prize, and the World Police and Fire Games… everyone has placed trust in us and we never fail to not just deliver but to go above and beyond. We are renowned for our sense of fun and there is no better place to meet, do business and enjoy the ‘craic’! For every meeting and event, we will work on your behalf to ensure that everyone from taxi drivers to cabin crew and even the Lord Mayor of Belfast know that your delegates are here. We’ll make sure that we’re ready with our warmest welcome for your arrival in our city. That’s the Belfast difference.