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Redeveloped Waterfront Hall helps generate £21m for Belfast

The £29 million redevelopment of the Waterfront Hall has helped generate £21 million for Belfast over the past year. Picture by Matt Bohill
Gareth McKeown

POPULAR BELFAST venues the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Halls generated a total of £21 million for the city's economy last year.

Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd (BWUH) has announced a record breaking first year in operation with both of their operated venues hosting over 340 entertainment and business events.

Managing director of BWUH Catherine Toolan said she was delighted with the team's performance.

“In our first year of operating we welcomed over 300,000 visitors, sold over 252,000 tickets and served a taste of Northern Ireland's famed food to over 233,000 people. And the newly extended Belfast Waterfront has brought in over 50,000 delegate nights, generating an economic return of £21 million for the city. The exceptional effort and dedication of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall team and local ambassadors together with city partners have made this year such a great success.”

n addition to bringing business visitors who spend up to £488 per day, the new development at the Waterfront has enhanced Belfast's offering as a host conference and event destination, with over three quarters of conferences last year newcomers to the riverside facility.

Ellvena Graham, Chairman of BWUH added that signs were positive for the future.

"The city is looking forward to welcoming many more conferences and events from around the world. Indeed the Belfast Waterfront has already secured a further 40 national/international conferences over the next few years which are expected to bring over 67,000 delegate nights to Belfast.”

The remodelled 7,000 sq metres Waterfront Hall reopened last May following a £29.5 million investment by Belfast City Council (£11m), the European Regional Development Fund (£13.3m) and Tourism Northern Ireland (£5.2m).

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