Belfast has won its bid to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science in 2016.
Led by Visit Belfast, the city’s bid to host the international event was supported by Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board through the Convention Subvention Scheme.
The European Federation of Animal Science Conference will also be one of the first to take place in the newly-expanded Belfast Waterfront, which is currently benefiting from a £29.5m investment steered by Belfast City Council that will see the conference facilities double in size. The venue says the additional capacity of 4,000sqm is already helping it attract larger events with increased exhibition, breakout and banqueting requirements.
The main programme of the conference will take place at the Waterfront, 29 August – 1 September 2016, while other key venues around the city will also be used for breakout sessions and social events.
The five-day event, which is expected to generate around £2.3m for the local economy, will see more than 1,200 delegates in attendance.
Belfast will follow Warsaw in 2015 to host the conference for the first time.
A range of UK cities had pitched to host the conference, but Northern Ireland’s strong credentials, experience in the agri-food sector, and its partnership approach helped to secure the bid, organisers said.
“Our success in this latest conference bid provides us with an opportunity to showcase Belfast’s conference credentials to leaders from across Europe in the newly-expanded Belfast Waterfront,” said Visit Belfast Chief Executive, Gerry Lennon.
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