In the 18th Century Belfast came to prominence as an industrial centre and merchant city. It’s location atthe head of the Belfast Lough helped the shipyards flourish, at one point employing over 35,000 men. And it was a Belfast shipyard, Harland & Wolff, that built the world-renowned SS Titanic, which is commemorated by the stunning Titanic Centre, where we have dinner on the Thursday night of the Conference.
However, industries change and Belfast is once again flourishing as a technology hub, and home to globally recognised technology companies such as BlackDuck Software, WhiteHat Security, Allstate and many other tech giants attracted by the availability of world-class talent and easy access to the UK, Irish and European markets.
With a population of less than 1.8 million it may come as a surprise that Northern Ireland has produced some of the world’s best known playwrights, poets and performers. CS Lewis, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Michael Longley, Kenneth Branagh and Seamus Heaney are to name but a few of our local talents.
In 2011, Trip Advisor named Belfast as the “Best Value City in the UK” and Mercer.com established Belfast as having the lowest cost of living. This, along with Civic Hospitality ensures that delegates will experience the best experience whilst keeping the conference within budget.
Over a billion pounds has been invested in Belfast over the past decade and as a result, our city is fast becoming the destination of choice for national and international event organisers. The Financial Times recently listed Belfast as one of the Top 10 places in the world to host a conference and TripAdvisor users have just voted the city as one of the “Top 10 destinations on the rise” across Europe.
State of the Art
Architecturally stunning and with a spectacular riverside setting, the Belfast Waterfront is our venue for AppSec EU 2017. This beautiful venue brings the city’s renowned warmth to world class conference and meetings facilities. Perfectly located right in the heart of the city, many of the finest hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Built to the highest specifications, this top tier venue hosts international association conferences as well as corporate events. The modern, purpose-built facilities offer choice of flexible conference, meeting, break-out spaces.
A Grand Dinner Experience
Titanic Belfast, an architecturally stunning venue in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, is an impressive location for the conference dinner. Offering a uniquely Belfast experience, Titanic Belfast offers visitors panoramic views over the slipways, the exact site where the giant structure of Titanic was built over 100 years ago.
On the first four floors, visitors can enjoy Titanic Belfast’s nine interactive galleries using state-of-the-art technology and innovative design to tell Titanic’s story from conception to construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
Located on the top floors of the building, and at the exact height of Titanic’s superstructure, the Titanic Suites comprise an unparalleled range of flexible function spaces offering conference, meeting and breakout spaces in elegant but practical surroundings.
The Titanic Suites boast the largest banqueting space in Belfast and Northern Ireland. The opulent decor is themed on the interiors of Titanic herself, including a replica of the liners Grand Staircase and is an exclusive and opulent space.
Easy to Access
Access to Belfast is easy and fast. We have two airports, one right in the heart of the city and another just 25 minutes away. It only takes an hour to fly here from the UK (179 flights a week to and from London) and we have 20 direct European routes including Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Brussels as well as a direct flight to Newark. Additionally Dublin is just 90 minutes away by train or bus with 35 US Cities serviced making it hugely accessible for your delegates.
The city also benefits from convenient transport links both locally and internationally and access to some of the most stunning countryside you could wish to see. From the Giant’s Causeway, the beautiful Mourne Mountains and of course, the picturesque Antrim Glens - the location of Game of Thrones!
We look forward to showing you all that Belfast has to offer!
Cead Mile Failte