Selling city of Belfast on the global market
A Well-known property development firm has been announced as headline sponsor of the 80-strong delegation from Belfast travelling to international real estate investment conference MIPIM in France.
Oakland Holdings, which is behind Merchant Square, Belfast's largest grade A office building, is the latest sponsor to back the Belfast MIPIM 2019 campaign and will travel to Cannes with the delegation in March to help market the city as a global destination for major investment.
MIPIM brings together the most influential global players from all international property sectors.
This year it is expected to attract around 2,000 exhibitors and 20,000 investors, developers, occupiers and other influencers from more than 80 countries.
While this will be the fourth consecutive year that a group has represented Belfast MIPIM, this year's delegation will, for the first time, include representatives from each of the five councils partnering with Belfast City Council in the Belfast Region City Deal bid.
Councillor Donal Lyons, chair of Belfast City Council's city growth and regeneration committee, said: "Any major city in Europe serious about promoting itself will be at MIPIM, and Belfast is no different.
"We return to MIPIM 2019 with a hugely positive story to tell, underpinned by our confidence that the Belfast region, and indeed Northern Ireland, is an outstanding place to invest."
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Gareth Graham of Oakland Holdings added: "We undertook the Merchant Square development speculatively because we believed that the quality of the development would be a major attraction and that has proven to be the case.
"That is the message we are bringing to MIPIM later this year. Belfast is a city with the imagination and entrepreneurial spirit to meet the demands of the commercial sector."