Belfast outshines rivals to win veterinary seminar
Belfast will host a £2m veterinary conference in 2016 after out-doing Manchester and Glasgow, which had also pitched to hold the top event.
The annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science from August 29 to September 1, 2016 will see 1,200 delegates descend on the city.
The event will take place in the Waterfront, which is receiving a £29.5m extension as it aims for a bigger share of the lucrative conference market. Smaller sessions will take place in other venues around the city.
Visit Belfast, which works to attract business visitors, said there had been a "hotly-fought" battle to host the animal science event, which it said was expected to generate £2.3m for the city's economy.
Chief Executive Gerry Lennon said: "Our success in this latest conference bid provides us with another huge opportunity to showcase the newly-extended Belfast Waterfront to an audience of professionals from right across Europe, who, we hope, will continue to pass on the word about our own professionalism and ability in hosting events of stature and prestige."
Belfast's hosting of the prestigious event is supported by Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board through the conference subvention scheme.
Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said hosting the conference would provide "a significant economic boost".