City’s latest conference win will bring 1,200 delegates to Belfast in 2016Belfast has won a highly contested competition to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science in 2016, it was confirmed yesterday (Tuesday 20th May, 2014).
Led by Visit Belfast, the city’s bid to host this key international event was supported by Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) through the Conference Subvention Scheme.
The European Federation of Animal Science Conference will also be one of the first to take place in the newly-expanded Belfast Waterfront, which is currently benefiting from a £29.5 million investment steered by Belfast City Council that will see the award-winning conference facilities double in size.
The additional capacity of 4,000m² is already helping the venue to attract larger events with increased exhibition, breakout and banqueting requirements.
The main programme of the conference will take place at the Waterfront between August 29th and September 1st 2016 while other key venues around the city will also be used for break-out sessions and social events.
The five-day event, which is expected to generate around £2.3 million for the local economy, will see more than 1,200 of the most respected figures in the field of animal science, welfare and nutrition meet to thrash out new ideas, discuss research findings and the best ways to train the next generation of animal and veterinary scientists.
Belfast will follow Warsaw in 2015 to host this conference for the first time.
A range of UK cities had pitched to host the conference, but Northern Ireland’s strong credentials, experience in the agri-food sector, and its determined partnership approach helped to secure the bid, according to the organisers.
Visit Belfast Chief Executive, Gerry Lennon, said: “Our success in this latest conference bid provides us with an opportunity to showcase Belfast’s conference credentials to leaders from across Europe in the newly-expanded Belfast Waterfront.
“Hosting such a prestigious event in the city is testament to our growing reputation as a destination on the rise and this latest win will be the first of many major conferences and events to visit the city during 2016, which is already set to be a landmark year for business tourism in Belfast.”