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Belfast Waterfront is delighted to announce ‘NI Chamber Champions Dinner 2016’ as the first business event to be held in its new multi-million pound facility.
On Wednesday 4 May, the 7,000m2 conference centre will open its doors to 850 members of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and their guests to celebrate the champions of business and sport.
A track record of delivering successful events for almost 20 years combined with double the event space makes Belfast Waterfront the perfect choice for hosting the biggest and most prestigious event in the NI Chamber’s calendar.
Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry comments: "NI Chamber is looking forward to hosting the first business event at Belfast's newly extended Waterfront in May. We are delighted to support and showcase this wonderful venue to our members - a venue that will help attract business tourism to Northern Ireland and in turn showcase our wonderful hospitality sector."
Funded by Belfast City Council, the European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, and Tourism NI, the re-imagined award-winning Belfast Waterfront aims to generate £100 million return for the city by 2020. It is anticipated that doubling its event space will attract twice the current rate of delegates annually and in turn create over 1,500 new hospitality and retail jobs.
Susie McCullough, Director of Marketing & Sales, Belfast Waterfront, adds: “It is fitting that our first business event is to play host to a local organisation that is recognised for helping businesses grow locally and internationally. For almost 20 years, Belfast Waterfront has helped propel local businesses onto the world stage as well as attract international conferences to enhance the region’s intellectual capital. We look forward to showcasing our new facilities as well as strengthening our links with local businesses - together, we can create a truly sustainable business tourism in Northern Ireland’s capital city.”
The evening’s celebrations will kick off with a drinks reception in the venue’s spacious riverside foyer, where floor to ceiling windows overlook the River Lagan. Spectacular views will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of networking with members from across all business sectors.
Guests will move into the larger of the two multipurpose halls - Hall 1, where a passionate and experienced event catering team will serve up a delicious menu full of flavour and local produce.
Afterwards guests can sit back and enjoy guest speaker Irish Rugby Legend Paul O’Connell who captained the British and Irish Lions, Ireland and Munster winning three 6 Nations including a Grand Slam, two European Cups, and three Celtic Leagues.
‘NI Chamber Champions Dinner 2016’ marks the start of a busy period for Belfast Waterfront. Hot on the heels of this event, is the first major conference – the annual International Surgical Congress of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Belfast Waterfront is expecting to see over 20,000 people visit the venue in the first six months of opening.
Please see accompanying picture:
From left to right: Susie McCullough (Belfast Waterfront) and Ann McGregor (Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
For further information on Belfast Waterfront contact Mary Owens, Conference Marketing Executive, on +44 (0)28 9033 4400 or email owensmar[email protected]
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The transformation of Belfast Waterfront into a world-class conference facility has a total cost of £29.5 million. £11 million is being provided by the council, through its Investment Programme for the city, £13.3 million from the European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, and £5.2 million from Tourism NI.