Belfast has been named as the official destination for the 2019 Conference and Incentive Travel (C&IT) Agency Forum.
The annual event, which has only been held outside London once previously in its 10-year history, will bring more than 100 of the UK’s leading event planners and suppliers to Belfast this summer from 30 July – 2 August 2019.
The event will also kick off with a one-day Corporate Summit, bringing up to 40 corporate event organisers together in venues around the city.
Rachael McGuickin, director of business development at Visit Belfast, said: "This is a major coup for Belfast. These flagship industry forums are attended by many highly influential global event organisers who between them control a combined annual spend on events worth £450 million.
"The decision by C&IT – the industry leaders – to base themselves here for these pivotal events represents a real vote of confidence in our city."
Calum Di Lieto, editor of C&IT magazine, said: "C&IT Agency Forum is our flagship event and has grown from strength to strength every year. Historically, the event was always London-based up until 2017 when we first left the capital for Manchester – since then we have found that by changing location we can attract even more delegates, providing greater networking opportunities for all those that attend.
"This year however, to celebrate our 10th anniversary of the event, we really wanted to do something extra special and take this mega-forum to Belfast – a city we know will accommodate everyone with professionalism and charm.
"I’m personally very excited for everything we have planned for 2019's event, including the inclusion of our first ever Corporate Summit – a one-day gathering the day before, with opportunities to network with our agency delegates that evening."
The forum’s main programmes will take place at the Belfast ICC, with additional social events to take place at Titanic Belfast, the Grand Central Hotel and a street party in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. Buyers will also have the chance to explore more of Northern Ireland through trips organised by Tourism Northern Ireland.
Agencies can sign up here.
And corporate event planners can sign up here.
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