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Festival and peace forum to fill up Derry hotels

Londonderry bracing itself for one of its busiest ever weekends when thousands of influential business people, A-list stars and concert revellers converge on the city over one weekend.

Rotary International has now issued a call for those attending their first Global Peace Forum in Ireland to register and book their accommodation immediately as space in hotels across the city is expected to fill up fast over the coming weeks.

A number of hotels have held back rooms for attendees at the conference but these are expected to be released generally next Friday if they are not booked up.

The prestigious conference is taking place in Derry from May 24 to 26 — the same dates as the BBC’s flagship music festival, One Big Weekend, which will see tens of thousands gather at Ebrington.

The Global Peace Forum in Derry is one of four taking place throughout the world as part of the Rotary International Year of Peace Through Service. Conference chairman and member of the Londonderry Rotary Club John McGonagle said that they were hoping to spark interest among investors.

“We are looking at around 1,000 people coming to the city. 

“These are business people and there are a lot of movers and shakers.

“We want to show them that we are a place that has moved on and is ready to do business with a great workforce.”

Fellow local Rotary Club member and conference director Patrick McGonagle said: “We are confident that the high-quality content of our conference will attract visitors both locally and further afield from Europe and America to the city.”

He added: “I would urge anyone interested in attending our Global Peace Forum to register immediately and book their |accommodation.”

Full details of the forum can be accessed via the website www.peaceconference2013.com where people can register online and book for the conference and the gala ball.

Belfast Telegraph