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Credit conference proves its worth in Belfast

World Credit Union Conference generated as estimated £3.7m for the city, one of 40 confirmed events at Waterfront

Picture: (left to right) Ellvena Graham, chair of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd board, Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions, Brian McCrory, president of the Irish League of Credit Unions, and Tim Husbands, vice-chair of Visit Belfast.

Belfast Waterfront has attracted 40 conferences worth an estimated £28 million to the city following the completion of a £30m extension.

The conference centre added 7,000 sqm of space earlier this year and counted last week’s 2016 World Credit Union Conference among the events to make use of the new space – the conference generated an estimated £3.7m for Belfast.

Ellvena Graham, chair of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd board said: “The new Belfast Waterfront was built to help the city attract conferences of this magnitude and in doing so reaffirm Belfast’s position as a leading business tourism destination on the world stage.

“Having more space and almost 20 years’ experience of hosting prestigious events, has enabled us to secure a wider range of conferences. So far the team has contracted 40 events which will generate £28.7m for the local economy.”

Brian McCrory, President of the Irish League of Credit Unions and host of the 2016 World Credit Union Conference had lobbied for the conference to come to the city for seven years, subject to the extension.

He added: “The opening of a 7,000 sqm conference facility, made Belfast a serious contender as a host destination. And the new conference facilities are fantastic, we have received excellent feedback from our members about both the venue and city.” 

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