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Belfast To Host International Business Tourism Forum

By Dave Simpson
Belfast To Host International Business Tourism Forum

Belfast is set to host a major international business tourism forum from June 21-24.

Held last year in New Orleans, the Hosts Global Forum will bring over 100 of the world’s leading destination management companies and 100 of the world’s leading meeting and incentives buyers and planners to Belfast. This will be the first time the Hosts Global Forum has been held outside of North America.

This annual event is an opportunity for all Hosts Global member DMCs to come together to discuss industry trends, relevant topics, collaborative solutions and participate in a series of networking sales appointments.

John McGrillen, Tourism NI chief executive, commented, “This is a fantastic win for tourism in Northern Ireland. Over 200 attendees with significant collective buying power will visit Belfast for the forum, and experience first-hand through a tailored familiarisation programme why Northern Ireland is a destination with global appeal for incentive business.

“Buyers in attendance account for approximately $2 billion in business revenue all over the world. Many of the most significant US based incentive houses will be present during the Belfast forum and the associated benefits of Hosts Global will be felt across the economy for years to come.”


The three-day event will be delivered using a public and private sector delivery approach involving Hosts Global, Tourism NI, Hastings Hotels, Moloney & Kelly, and a range of Northern Ireland tourism business who will have the opportunity to impress buyers during a series of evening networking events or a programme of discovery trips to key experiences like Hillsborough Castle, the Causeway Coastal Route and Titanic Belfast amongst others.

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