1. Tell us about Northern Ireland/What makes NI so special?
Northern Ireland is emerging as one of the most popular visitor destinations in recent years for several reasons – stunning scenery, epic coastal drives, contemporary cities, friendly locals, world class golf not to mention the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones! Northern Ireland is home to the Titanic City of Belfast, where Titanic was built and created back in 1912 and is now home to Titanic Belfast, recently voted the world’s leading visitor attraction in 2017. Northern Ireland is Westeros and our varied landscapes from the Mourne Mountains to the world famous Causeway Coastal Route bring to life the kingdoms of Westeros. Belfast and Derry-Londonderry are buzzing cities, each with their own personalities and stories to discover.
2. Why is NI a good location for the MICE industry?
Northern Ireland is ideal for the MICE industry. Belfast is a compact city, friendly and walkable for delegates, packed full of good value accommodation and a buzzing nightlife. The recently extended Belfast Waterfront offers state of the art conference facilities in the heart of the city centre. Northern Ireland is also packed full of amazing experiences and unique venues that will make your meeting, event or incentive trip unforgettable! Come to Northern Ireland – Where Business is a Pleasure!
3. Why are you attending Connect17?
To meet MICE buyers from around the world and Corporate Ireland to tell them how amazing Northern Ireland is!
4. What are the benefits of exhibiting as part of a region?
Team NI all work together so the buyers can meet for example a Convention Bureau who will introduce them to hotel properties as well as conference and gala dinner venue representatives. We are all there to work as a team with the sole purpose of bringing business to NI. Our stand will be a one=stop shop for the MICE buyers. If a potential piece of business comes through we will all work collectively to win it for NI.
5. Why is Connect showcase an important event for the industry?
It is an opportunity to promote the island of Ireland as a MICE destination to the MICE sector. In addition it is the ideal opportunity to attend seminars etc. to educate our trade on new trends within the MICE sector.
6. What are you most looking forward to seeing at the event?
MICE buyers flocking to the Northern Ireland Regional Stand to meet our trade who will make them very welcome. The buyers will leave with a taster of what we can offer them and their clients.
7. What advice would you give to visitors attending the show for the first time?
Plan your time and prioritise what regions you want to visit.
8. What can NI offer attendees thinking of hosting their next event there?
Exceptional service, a Team NI attitude that will go above and beyond the call of duty to make your event stand out! We are all about working in partnership to deliver an exceptional event for you in Northern Ireland.