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Belfast rolled out the red carpet recently to welcome the winners of Tourism Ireland’s “T’weetour” competition in GB. During
their time here, the winners – social media enthusiasts working in the important business tourism sector – visited some of our
most recognised sites while tweeting and blogging live about their experiences, highlighting these to
other influential decision-makers in the MICE (meetings, incentives,
conferences and events) sector.
The “T’weetour” winners visited venues for conferences, events and
meetings – including the Waterfront Hall, Titanic Belfast and the recently-
opened MAC, as well as the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra.
They also got to experience some fun events which business delegates can
enjoy here on the sidelines of their conference or meeting – including a
Belfast Sea Safari, a chance to sample some local produce in St George’s
Market and a cookery demo at James Street South.
The “T’weetour” was a new and unique business tourism promotion
targeting senior executives from ISES (the International Special Events
Society, an organisation representing hundreds of professional events
planners across GB) and ICCA (the International Congress and
Convention Association, whose members organise international meetings
and events) who are active in social media.
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T’weetour” winners Michelle Tayton and Louise Ridley,
with Yvonne Carr, Tourism Ireland, and tour guide Hugh
Rice, getting ready to enjoy a Belfast Sea Safari.
Lord Dunleath, Ballywalter Park, Co Down, at a ‘Meet in
Ireland’ business tourism event in Paris, organised by
Tourism Ireland. Over 100 French conference and meeting
planners attended the event which provided a valuable
opportunity to communicate what is unique about Northern
Ireland as a conference and business tourism destination.
Rachel Dowling, Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau; Doris Poelzlbauer,
Wallace Travel Group; Eimear Lewis, Titanic Belfast; and Aoife Kernan,
Tourism Ireland, at IMEX, the annual business tourism exhibition in Frankfurt.
Doing the Business In Germany
Belfast is Buzzing for
European Business
Nineteen business tourism buyers from Germany, France, the
Netherlands and Belgium visited Belfast and Co Down to
check out some of what this part of Northern Ireland has to
offer their clients. They are pictured before their site inspection
of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast with Orla Kraft, Tourism
Ireland (front right) and Willie Lougheed, NITB (front