Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI have announced that the annual congress of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR) will take place in Belfast in November.
Following a meeting in Amsterdam in March, representatives of both Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam and ANVR travelled to Belfast last month to meet with the Tourism NI team to secure the event for the city.
The congress is ANVR’s annual event and will take place over four days from November 21 to November 24. Approximately 220 Dutch travel professionals, including travel agents, tour operators and group organisers, as well as travel journalists, are expected to participate.
"A Tremendous Honour"
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Tourism Ireland's director of markets Siobhan McManamy commented, "It is a tremendous honour for Belfast to have won this prestigious event in the face of competition from other destinations. Tourism Ireland is delighted to have played its part in securing this event, which confirms Belfast as a world-class business and conference destination. It's a unique opportunity to show these influential travel agents and tour operators what's on offer here and will help to increase the number of Dutch holiday-makers to Northern Ireland in 2020 and beyond."
Meanwhile, Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen said, "Tourism NI welcomes the announcement that Belfast will play host to the annual congress of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators in November. We are not only delighted that the association has chosen Belfast as the host of its annual congress, boosting conference business to the city, but also that they will be experiencing what makes Northern Ireland a stand-out destination for international leisure visitors."
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