The new conference facility has transformed Belfast into a serious contender as a host for conferences and event destination.
Catherine Toolan, MD of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall (BWUH), said: "In our first year of operating we welcomed over 300,000 visitors, sold over 252,000 tickets and served a taste of Northern Ireland’s famed food to over 233,000 people. And the newly extended Belfast Waterfront has brought in over 50,000 delegate nights, generating an economic return of £21m for the city. The exceptional effort and dedication of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall team and local ambassadors together with city partners have made this year such a great success."
Ellvena Graham, chairman of BWUH, added: "Based on the venue’s performance in 2016, coupled with overwhelmingly positive client feedback, the city is looking forward to welcoming many more conferences and events from around the world. Indeed the Belfast Waterfront has already secured a further 40 national/international conferences over the next few years which are expected to bring over 67,000 delegate nights to Belfast."
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