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Driving conference returning after more than 20 years

By Staff Reporter

A global driving standards conference is set to take place in Belfast next year in a £350,000 boost for the economy.

The Department for Infrastructure said the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) had bid to host the event, which has not been held here in over 20 years.

The Commission Internationale des Examens de Conduite Automobile (CIECA) general assembly and congress is expected to draw 200 international delegates when it takes place over four days from May 29 to June 1.

DVA chief executive Paul Duffy said: “The department is delighted to have secured this conference for Belfast, which we estimate will inject approximately £350,000 into the local economy. The DVA and CIECA share common goals to improve road safety, to protect the environment and to help facilitate the safe mobility of road freight and passenger transport both private and commercial.

“This conference offers a unique opportunity to bring together delegates to discuss the transformation and challenges of road safety and emerging technological advances within the driving industry.

“Members are mostly from Europe with some from as far afield as the USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

“This will provide an opportunity to showcase the very best of Belfast and the region to an international audience, demonstrating the significant transformation the city has undergone since the congress was last held in Belfast in 1996.”

Belfast’s potential as a conference destination has been improved in the last few years after a major extension was carried out to the Waterfront Hall, with new hotels also planned.

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