Hospitality and tourism
Belfast is not only a great place to do business, it’s also a great place to visit. Voted the world’s number one destination for 2018 by Lonely Planet, Belfast attracted a total of 118 cruise ships with over 130,000 visitors on board.
Business tourism is flourishing in the city with 29,000 conference delegates in 2018. It is also home to Titanic Belfast, which was named the Best International Experience in 2018. The city is home to Michelin star eateries, world-class venues for music, theatre and entertainment. Tourism contributed £2.5m per day in 2018 to the Region’s economy, and the city saw 1.48m overnight stays. It’s no surprise that Belfast is now the number one city in the UK for hotel investment, 1,200 rooms were completed in 2018. The city is outperforming its target to bring an additional 3,000 rooms to the market by 2021.
Our 5,000 m² £100 million city centre visitor destination, Belfast Stories, made possible with Belfast Region City Deal investment, will catalyse economic, social, and cultural regeneration in the city and wider region when it opens in 2029.
Titanic Belfast / ICC Belfast / Maldron / Dale Farm / Hastings Group / Dalata / Hilton Hotel / Hampton by Hilton / AC Marriott
We are delighted to have opened the first AC Hotel by Marriott in Belfast in April 2018. This property is the first AC Hotel on the island of Ireland and the first purpose built AC in the UK. Belfast is continuing to grow and develop and we are excited and very proud to be part of this.
Lisa Steele, General Manager, AC Marriott Belfast