Hospitality Industry Event Hospitality Exchange To Take Place In Belfast In October
Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) president Stephen Meldrum has said that hospitality industry event Hospitality Exchange will take place at Belfast's Crowne Plaza hotel in October.
The news follows last month's news that theatres, concert halls and other similar venues were permitted to reopen in Northern Ireland under a new easing of COVID-19-related restrictions that will came into legal effect at 6pm on Tuesday July 26.
A Major Boost For The Northern Irish Hotel Sector
As reported by The Irish News, Meldrum said that the Executive's decision to permit such venues to reopen represents a major boost for the Northern Irish hotel sector.
The Irish News quotes Meldrum as saying, "Hotels benefit from large events taking place in dedicated venues as it brings delegates to Northern Ireland who stay in our bedrooms, dine in our restaurants and enjoy drinks in the hotel bar."
Hospitality Exchange 2021 Details
Meldrum reportedly said while Hospitality Exchange will welcome delegates again this year, after taking place virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not include an exhibition.
The Irish News quotes Meldrum as saying, "Having looked at all the permutations, there will not be an exhibition in 2021, as planning and the risk assessment for this element of the event meant it would be very restrictive, and we had concerns that it would not offer the opportunities of networking that it provided in pre-pandemic times.
"This year we will have a dedicated lounge area where suppliers and service providers can meet with businesses reconnecting with existing customers and hopefully getting some new ones.
"I don't want to give too much away at this stage, but there's a real appetite for people to meet up again and there will be a strong social element to the twenty-second Hospitality Exchange."
One Of A Number Of Events That Will Return To Northern Ireland
Hospitality Exchange is reportedly one of a number of significant business conferences and events that will return to Northern Ireland in 2021 following confirmation of the Executive's green light.
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