One of the World’s Best Convention Centres extended a warm welcome to the President and the First Lady of the United States of America, ahead of the G8 Summit held in Enniskillen.
For Belfast Waterfront hosting a presidential visit was second nature. President Obama followed in the footsteps of US President Bill Clinton, who also delivered a keynote speech at the Waterfront in 1998.
An enthusiastic audience of over 2,000 local students, community and business leaders as well as dignitaries gathered in the Waterfront’s auditorium, where US President Barack Obama delivered an historical speech on his first state visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built conference centre was chosen as the perfect venue to host such a high-profile event. Its size, location and extensive in-house technical expertise facilitated a diversity of requirements from:
capacity to hold an audience of 2,000 plus ease of access to George Best Belfast City Airport accessibility to hotels to accommodate an entourage typical of this event scenic backdrops for press interviews; and a majestic stage to deliver a historic speech.
Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre commented “It was an extraordinary honour to play host to such a historic event and to be the first venue in Belfast to welcome US President Barack Obama and First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama to Northern Ireland. The event ran like clockwork thanks to the considerable work of our highly experienced operational team, who behind the scenes, collaborated with many third parties to manage such a significant event alongside an intense security operation.”
She continued “The White House Presidential Advance team spent a week working with the Waterfront team and were notably impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge our staff brought to the event. Our expertise and experience of managing a presidential visit were key to recreating another spectacular event. And like Northern Ireland, Belfast Waterfront’s best days are yet to come, with a £30million planned extension opening in 2016.”