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Fri 14 December

Belfast Waterfront repositions itself as the International Convention Centre Belfast

The Belfast Waterfront has repositioned itself as the International Convention Centre Belfast (ICC Belfast) to attract the international conference market.

The repositioning went live on 01 October 2018 to coincide with the first day of the World Health Organization International Healthy Cities Conference, which brought 3,000 delegates to the venue in a major four day conference, and will generate £1.93 million for the city.

Belfast a World Class Conference Destination

The repositioning, delivered in conjunction with Visit Belfast, Tourism NI and Belfast City Council, is vital to delivering 50,000 conference delegate days each year by 2021 across the city.  This will generate £100 million in economic impact for Belfast and deliver 1,500 jobs. 

The venue, which won Best Event Space 2017 at the Event Awards, is in a better position than ever before to host major conferences, following the £29.5m extension unveiled in 2016.  The redevelopment was funded by Belfast City Council, Tourism NI and the European Regional Development Fund.

“Belfast is a city on the rise and has received numerous accolades recently including being voted the trendiest European City for Business Travel in 2016, and Lonely Planet naming the city as their number one region to visit in 2018.“

Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast

Hosting Major Conferences

The venue hosted the Royal College of Nursing Annual Congress earlier this year which, with over 4,500 delegates, was the largest conference hosted in the city to date - and delivered an estimated boost to the local economy of £4.8 million.

“What sets Belfast apart is the vibrancy and energy of the people and businesses of this great city.  We know if we win the business we can deliver a city-wide conference experience like no other. The repositioning will help us achieve this, making the venue a more attractive proposition in the international conference market and will enhance Belfast’s reputation as a destination in which to do business.”

Catherine Toolan, Managing Director of ICC Belfast

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