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Hotels boss Hastings appointed to head up Visit Belfast

By Staff Reporter

Hotel boss Howard Hastings has been appointed as new chairman of business tourism body Visit Belfast.

Mr Hastings, the chief executive of Hastings Hotels, succeeds David Gavaghan in the role.

Visit Belfast aims to encourage business visitors to come to the city, with a particular focus on attracting conferences.

Mr Hastings said: "This is a very exciting time for Belfast, where a huge amount of investment is resulting in a growing tourism industry.

"The extension of the Belfast Waterfront, a new cruise facility and new hotel developments are raising the city's profile.

"I am very pleased to take on the role of chairman of Visit Belfast and look forward to the opportunity to play my part in growing tourism for the city."

His predecessor is also chair of the CBI in Northern Ireland and the head of property firm Aurora Prime Real Estate.

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