Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) in partnership with Belfast Waterfront applauded the contribution of local professionals for their work in 2012/13 in confirming a record number of prestigious national and international conferences to be held in the city in future years.
Following an exquisite dinner in Belfast Waterfront’s VIP suite overlooking the spectacular capital city, Ambassadors and guests took their seats for Billy Connolly’s smash hit international tour, "Too Old To Die Young."
The evening was a success and very well received by everyone.
"As an Ambassador for Belfast who is attempting to bring in a pan-European conference for my sector I was highly impressed with the Waterfront venue, both as a place to entertain clients and as a venue to attend as a concert-goer," says Mr Paul Kitchin, Lecturer at University of Ulster.
Kevin Maguire, Consultant in EM at Ulster Hospital added: “The Ambassador evening was a wonderful opportunity to see the excellent facilities, organisation and staff at the Waterfront, thoroughly enjoyable.”
The Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau’s (BVCB) Ambassador Programme continues to be a major driving force in helping make Belfast one of Europe’s premier conference and meetings destination. In 2012/13 Belfast Ambassadors helped BVCB to attract conferences to Northern Ireland with over 21,000 delegates staying for 63,000 bed nights and generating over £27m for the local economy.
Rachel Downing, Director of Business Tourism at the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) commented: “The Belfast Ambassador Programme is a network of local academic and medical professionals who work in partnership with BVCB to help bid for national and international conferences and events within their field. Their support is vital in attracting conferences to Belfast, in fact 70% of all conferences to Belfast, come through the efforts of a local Ambassador.”
Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre congratulated the Ambassadors on their continued support, commenting “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to thank each one of the Ambassadors, local experts in their field, as they continue to provide an invaluable contribution to the socio economic development of our city. Indeed through working with BVCB, local Ambassadors have successfully confirmed 19 conferences for Belfast Waterfront between April 2012 and September 2017, which are worth a staggering £11 million.”