The redevelopment of a major transport hub in Belfast and the ongoing transformation of the city’s waterfront are among the top items on the agenda for a delegation of more than 80 business leaders travelling to Cannes, France to take part MIPIM, the world’s largest international property investment conference.
The group will present a portfolio of major real estate investment and development opportunities in the city to a potential audience of over 28,000 international property investors, developers and occupiers.
Among the real estate projects being presented will be Weavers Cross, the proposed major transport hub for Belfast, as well as Belfast Waterside Regeneration Project in the East Bank area, the Giant’s Park at the North Foreshore and Signature Living’s latest hotel developments in the city such as the George Best hotel in the city centre and the regeneration of the former Crumlin Road courthouse.
Returning to MIPIM for the third year in a row, the delegation made up of over 35 supporting private and public sector organisations will host 15 unique events across the three days of the conference.
Each event has been carefully designed to highlight a range of key strengths that underpin Belfast’s strong investment proposition, including: talent, tax, technology and innovation and quality of life.
“MIPIM 2018 will be about building upon the excellent success achieved through our attendance at the conference in the past two years,” said Jackie Henry, chair of the private sector taskforce leading the Belfast at MIPIM delegation.
“We have already secured record financial support of £300,000, 80% of which has been funded from private sector sponsors,” she said.
“Our largest-ever delegation of over 80 are ready to champion Belfast as an outstanding city in which to live, work, visit, learn and, importantly, invest.
Cllr Mairead O’Donnell, chair of the city council’s growth and regeneration committee, said they hoped to show how far the city has come on an international stage.
“We want to emphasise all the impressive opportunities that Belfast has to offer investors and allow them to witness first- hand the exciting momentum taking place around new construction, infrastructure, economic and cultural projects in the city.
“It is a great example of how the strong collaboration between Belfast City Council and the private sector of the city has provided the optimum environment for businesses to thrive.