Over the last five years a staggering 44% of associations have returned to Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre to host their annual event. From intimate breakfast meetings and product launches to large-scale annual conferences and award ceremonies, Northern Ireland’s only purpose built conference centre is the perfect venue to showcase any event.
A winning combination of exceptional customer service, flexible space and a city centre location have been cited for driving such a high percentage of repeat business. And with a proven track record in delivering international and national events for some of the biggest associations together with a proposed £30million extension due to open in 2016 this is set to continue.
The exciting new development will provide an additional 4,000m2 of flexible exhibition, banqueting and breakout space offering associations greater versatility and space to host larger and more elaborate events.
Typically these events require an extensive multifunctional venue to accommodate large scale seminars, banqueting and exhibitions simultaneously. Likewise, accessibility for members travelling from all corners of the world and close proximity to key tourist attractions is of equal importance for associations when selecting a venue.
Internationally synonymous with quality, Belfast Waterfront fits the bill boasting extensive multipurpose spaces, outstanding customer service and a prime city centre location within easy reach of the main air, rail and sea terminals. Whilst here, members can get around the city with ease with many top attractions, fine restaurants and hotels within walking distance.
Named one of three runners-up in the 2012 AIPC Apex Award for the World’s Best Convention Centre, Belfast Waterfront will create a memorable event that will leave a lasting impression on conference attendees.
In November 2013, The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) returned for the fifth time to Belfast Waterfront to host their annual conference. Michael McAdoo from the BIFM Ireland Region Committee comments “Its outstanding reputation, flexible space and close proximity to the city centre made Belfast Waterfront the perfect venue to host our annual conference. Another major plus is its convenience to the central train station which served a majority of our delegates travelling from across Ireland. The venue ticked all our boxes and its facilities are second to none, offering both lecture space suitable for our numbers and glass-fronted gallery areas to accommodate exhibition stands and to facilitate networking among our members.”
More recently Belfast Ambassador Professor Linda Johnston from Queen’s University, who was instrumental in bringing more than 400 delegates from 35 countries to Belfast Waterfront for the four-day 8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference, explains “The International Neonatal Nursing conference had not been held in this region for a number of years. We chose the Belfast Waterfront as the venue for this event as it represented a unique opportunity to showcase the city of Belfast as a gateway to Europe and beyond and, more importantly, to highlight the spirit that epitomises the people and culture of Belfast and Northern Ireland. The senior management were there with us from the very beginning with the advice and support we needed, and the front-of-house staff completed that journey with us, providing a level of professional and friendly service that made the experience actually enjoyable for the members of the organising committee.”
Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre commented “Since opening in 1997 we have successfully built up an enviable client portfolio of prestigious associations. And for many, Belfast Waterfront is home to their annual events. Our high percentage of repeat business is the greatest testament to our team`s expertise and their tireless efforts in making each event a success. With our highly anticipated 4,000m2 expansion offering more choice, greater flexibility and space for associations to host their events, we are confident that more and more clients will keep coming back.”