US President Barack Obama on the Waterfront in Belfast

As part of a visit to Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit, US President Barack Obama took time to visit the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre.

The President delivered a speech at the centre promoting peace to Northern Ireland’s next generation of leaders.

The Waterfront previously welcomed US President Bill Clinton in 1998.

An audience of 2,000 local students, community and business leaders, as well as dignitaries, gathered in the Waterfront’s auditorium, to hear the President Obama.

Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre, said: “It was an extraordinary honour to play host to such a historic event and to be the first venue in Belfast to welcome US President Barack Obama and First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, to Northern Ireland.

“The event ran like clockwork thanks to the considerable work of our operational team, who behind the scenes collaborated with many third parties to manage such a significant event alongside an intense security operation.”

The White House Presidential Advance team had spent a week working with the Waterfront team on the ops side of the event. The Waterfront is now looking forward to a £30m planned extension opening in 2016.
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