A Global Research Institute of Queen's University Belfast

ASSET2018 Summit

The Belfast Summit will be hosted at the Belfast Waterfront. Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built conference facility, is situated in the heart of Europe’s trendiest city destination for business travellers. Since opening in 1997 it has successfully built a world-class reputation for delivering outstanding events and is ranked among the world's Best Convention Centres.


Its leading status and extensive range of flexible spaces have helped secure many of the city’s highest profile events including presidential visits by Former President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, the 2013 World Police and Fire Games and the 2014 Giro d'Italia.


With a unique location on the banks of the River Lagan, the stunning 7,000m2 state-of-the-art facility provides spectacular riverside views and easy access to transport links, hotels, restaurants and attractions.


Timeless architecture with stylish space and state-of-the-art facilities help create an unforgettable experience for delegates.

Belfast is a wonderfully compact, walkable city with a wealth of culture, history and heritage. This vibrant city is renowned the world over for the warmth of its people, and prides itself on its hospitality. In the last decade over £1billion has been invested in Belfast’s tourism infrastructure making the city an exciting and inspiring destination on the rise. Accolades include being voted one of the world’s top destinations by National Geographic Traveller, and The Financial Times listing Belfast in the ‘top 10 destinations’ in the world for conferences and major events


Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and is located on thenorth-east of the island, where the River Lagan meets Belfast Lough. Historically, Belfast was a major centre for 17th-19th Century industrial development, including linen production, tobacco production, rope-making and ship building. The city’s main ship-builders, Harland and Wolff, which built the ill-fated Titanic in the early 20th Century, propelled Belfast onto the global stage. 


Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the Arts, Higher Education and Business, it has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years. With major investment in its tourism infrastructure, Belfast is now emerging as a dynamic new destination for conferences, meetings, and events, while continuing to offer close access to some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside in Europe. 

Attractions include the proud City Hall in the heart of the city, the beautifully restored carved stone and ironwork of St. George’s Market near the Waterfront Hall, and the elegant Linen Hall library with its priceless collection of books, as well as major commercial investments such as Victoria Square and Titanic Belfast (where the ASSET2018 Summit banquet will be held). To add to these, city pubs, such as the Crown Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street and the Duke of York or Harp Bar in the Cathedral Quarter, buzz with the warmth, friendliness, and humour of the city’s residents.


Undeniably Northern Ireland’s capital has become a vibrant and happening city that will stir the imagination and appeal to a wide range of delegates.


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