Visit Belfast

Contact

Deborah Collins

deborahcollins@visitbelfast.com

+44 (0) 28 9023 9026

www.meetbelfast.com

Overview

The friendly team at Visit Belfast is your single point of contact for organising business events in the city and will provide free and impartial advice on every aspect of organising a conference, meeting or event in the post COVID world. The team has great relationships with all partners; knowing their revised capacities, social distancing and cleaning protocols and are happy to organise a virtual meeting to discuss your individual requirements whether you are making your first foray into hybrid meetings or you need gala dinner suggestions for your live event. Every aspect of operations have been adapted to meet your needs. Nothing beats a face to face site visit, but if you prefer to do a virtual one, just let the team know!

As part of the package of support tailored for you, Visit Belfast will conduct a full venue search, prepare proposals with costs and offer suggestions for your social programme, restaurants, accommodation and pre and post tours. We can also support with:

  • An experienced Account Manager who is with you every step of the way to support you in the planning stages of your event

  • Funded site inspections and familiarisation trips to Belfast

  • Sourcing event services such as AV, tech and transport partners

  • Destination marketing support for your conference and event to maximise delegate attendance

  • Sourcing a local business, academic or medical leader in Belfast who can act as a local ambassador within your sector to support your meeting in Belfast

  • Advice on local organisations that may be interested in partnering with you to support delegate attendance, exhibition or sponsorship of your event in Belfast

  • In kind support such as civic hospitality and securing city leaders to welcome your delegates to Belfast

  • Special offers and discounts for delegates

  • Official tourist information support and welcome branding options

  • Assisting with securing financial support for your event via the conference subvention scheme (subject to application and qualifying criteria)

  • Support with Hybrid events. Visit Belfast has been working with venues, live streaming partners and experience providers to create innovative hybrid event options to suit any event and every idea

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Introduction

From hosting world leaders at the G8 Summit to some of the most prestigious global Corporate and Association conferences, Belfast has become a renowned conference destination in key sectors within Financial, business and professional services, Advanced engineering and manufacturing, Technology, Life and Health sciences, Legal services and the Green economy. For a small city, it is home to over 1100 major international companies, 2 world class universities and a thriving eco system of start-ups and entrepreneurs. Belfast is safe, walkable and easily accessed by our 2 closely located airports. Once in Belfast, delegates feel as if they have ‘taken over’ the city, with unique social programme options and a thriving bar, restaurant and live music scene. Northern Ireland is the perfect backdrop for pre and post conference stays, offering stunning landscapes, spectacular countryside, coast and castles, just minutes from the capital.

Belfast has been forging ahead in the successful attraction and delivery of National, European and International business events, and has been winning prestigious awards such as Lonely Planet’s ‘Best region in the world’ to visit, Best Business friendly small city in the world by FDI Intelligence (FT), The happiest place in the UK by Lloyds Bank happiness index, National Geographic’s ‘Rising star of Tourism’ and ‘Top 10 Global City of the future’ by the Financial Times FDI Magazine world. All of this combined, makes for an attractive and successful business events destination.

Looking forward, Belfast is looking positively ahead to the road to recovery, taking a sustainable and resilient approach to growth, legacy and impact. Northern Ireland’s tourism industry has signed up to a ‘We are good to go’ UK wide charter, and has joined the GDS Sustainability movement. The team at Visit Belfast look forward to working with you!

Location

Visit Belfast

9 Donegall Square N, Belfast BT1 5GB

Visit Belfast business tourism team also have a staff member located in London

Testimonials

Royal College of Nursing, Steven Jenkinson, Conference and Events Manager


"A huge thank you on behalf of all of us at the Royal College of Nursing... Visit Belfast’s hard work and effort in the run up to Congress and onsite played a massive role in making Congress 2018 such a success. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to all of your colleagues for their amazing work, enthusiasm and positive approach which really helped make Congress happen."

Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2019, Paul Taylor, Conference and Events Manager


"We ran our flagship 4-day meeting for approx 1,350 delegates in Belfast for the first time this year, which was a fantastic success.

Visit Belfast could not have been more supportive at all stages of the event planning. Their knowledge and advice on how to make best use the destination host city made a real difference to the event, which received record satisfaction scores from our delegates. See you in 2022"

HelmsBriscoe EMEA Regional Meeting, 2020, Carole McKellar, Vice President, EMEA


"Belfast was a great location for our annual team meeting. There was a variety of venues available to match different aspects of our event and everyone we met was attentive, friendly and professional. We would highly recommend Belfast as a destination for your next meeting."

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