Belfast to host major international travel forum in 2018

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Business Tourism, Industry Development

Published October 23, 2017


Tourism delegation brings major win to Las Vegas IMEX conference.

Belfast is set to host a major international travel forum next June. Held last year in New Orleans, the Hosts Global Forum will bring over 100 of the world’s leading destination management companies and 100 of the world’s leading meeting and incentives buyers and planners to visit Belfast. This will be the first time the Hosts Global Forum has been held in Europe.

Tourism NI promoted the Hosts Global Forum at the global IMEX US conference which took place in Las Vegas last week.

John McGrillen, Tourism NI Chief Executive commented; “This is a fantastic win for tourism in Northern Ireland. Over 200 attendees with significant collective buying power will visit Belfast for the forum, and experience first-hand through a tailored familiarisation programme why Northern Ireland is a destination with global appeal for incentive business.

Buyers in attendance account for approximately $2 billion in business revenue all over the world. All major incentive based businesses will be present during the Belfast forum and the associated benefits of Hosts Global will be felt across the economy for years to come.


Marty MacKay, President of Global Alliance added; “I believe I speak for all of Hosts Global when I say we could not be more excited to have Northern Ireland host our clients and members in June of 2018. The momentum around the Forum is already growing, and we look forward to working closely with all our partners in Belfast to put together a conference full of excellent education and that showcases a destination we know everyone will fall in love with.”


The three-day event taking place June 21 – 24 2018 will be delivered using a public and private sector delivery approach involving Hosts Global, Tourism NI, Hastings Hotels, Moloney & Kelly, Belfast City Council, Visit Belfast, Belfast Waterfront, Titanic Belfast and The Merchant Hotel.

Howard Hastings, Managing Director, Hastings Hotels said; “Hastings Hotels are absolutely delighted that the team at Hosts Global have chosen Belfast for their first International Summit in June 2018. The buyers attending can choose any country or city in the world to place their business and we hope their visit to Northern Ireland will be a showcase opportunity to demonstrate the warmth of our people, the beauty of our country and that they return home with many magical memories of their Northern Ireland experiences.”


John Healy, Director of destination management company Moloney Kelly said; “The Hosts Global Forum is the largest business tourism showcase that Northern Ireland has ever hosted and presents a unique opportunity to meet with lucrative incentive buyers with global influence. Together with Tourism NI and Hastings Hotel, we have worked tirelessly to bring this forum to Northern Ireland and are confident the destination will go that extra mile to welcome the attendees.”

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