Visit Belfast celebrates major global events industry award wins after being named ‘Best Conference Destination’ for a second consecutive year

Belfast’s business tourism sector is back on winning form again this year after the city secured a major award that recognises its industry-leading strength as a top destination for national and international events, Visit Belfast confirmed today [Monday 3 October 2022].

Securing the top spot for ‘Best Conference Destination’ for 2022 at the highly influential Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT) Awards in London for a second year in a row, Belfast sidestepped the global competition yet again as an ambitious destination that continues to exceed industry expectations.

Belfast has now been recognised as the world’s best conference and events destination at the annual C&IT Awards gala for four out of the last five years.

Celebrated as the global events industry’s most sought-after awards, the ‘Best Conference Destination’ recognises Visit Belfast and the city’s tourism industry for its unbeatable efforts to meet and exceed the expectations of conference and event organisers to deliver a world class experience for thousands of delegates every year.

Visit Belfast is the official destination marketing and management organisation for the Belfast City Region, dedicated to promoting Belfast as a tourist destination for business, leisure and cruise visitors. Tourism NI, Invest NI and Belfast City Council are also key supporters and funders of business tourism into Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Welcoming Belfast’s big win, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Christina Black, said:

“Belfast’s resilience and sheer commitment to excel, adapt and exceed expectations in the face of challenge is always worth celebrating and the passion and dedication which our city’s vibrant business events industry has shown to maintain a world-leading position is not only remarkable but deserves to be hugely commended.


“Despite the challenges of recent years, Belfast continues to punch well above its weight in a highly competitive market, demonstrating its strengths, a team spirt and a prized warm welcome that makes more and more people want to come back.

“Belfast has a winning formula that’s underpinned by a Team Belfast approach and I’d like to pay a big tribute and heartfelt thanks for the hard work delivered by Visit Belfast, ICC Belfast and key supporters Tourism Northern Ireland and Invest NI and their partners and stakeholders who continue to deliver a reputation for excellence for this city right around the world.”


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