Belfast Waterfront attracted 1,500 delegates from 60 countries to the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) held in Belfast Waterfront last week. The conference is estimated to have brought in £2.7m in economic impact to the Northern Ireland
Dr Sinclair Mayne, the local Visit Belfast Ambassador and chair of British Society of Animal Science Organising Committee (BSAS), said the Northern Ireland capital had “triumphed in showcasing the city’s riches: our delicious cuisine, stunning landscapes, exceptional entertainment facilities and of course legendary hospitality”.
EAAP has previously been hosted in Nantes, Rome and Warsaw.
BSAS chief executive Mike Steele said: “Thanks to the local industry and city’s support, we hosted the largest annual meeting in our 67-year history.”
EAAP 2016 provided an opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland’s livestock sector, and the pioneering local research which plays an important part in the local economy, to a European audience, and brought in £2.7m to the city.
The conference represented the first time EAAP had visited Belfast, and was the result of a joint bid from Visit Belfast, Belfast Waterfront, BSAS and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The Waterfront conference facility and its £29.5m extension, was at the heart of the city’s proposition.
Catherine Toolan, managing director of Belfast Waterfront said: “Doubling our event space has enabled us, along with Visit Belfast, to bid for and secure international conferences like EAAP, which have more complex requirements. I’m absolutely delighted to learn EAAP 2016 was a historic milestone for the organisers and I look forward to enjoying many more such successes with our team.”
Gerry Lennon, chief executive of Visit Belfast said bringing the EAAP conference to Belfast had been a three-year process and predicted it could end up generating £2.7m for the local economy.
Caption: Dr Sinclair Mayne (chair of British Society of Animal Science Organising Committee), Catherine Toolan, Mike Steele, Laurie Scott (director of business tourism at Visit Belfast), and Liam Sinclair (president of the British Society of Animal Science).