English teachers back in the (conference) room after three-year absence

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L-R are Gerry Lennon, CEO of Visit Belfast, Jon Burton, CEO of IATEFL, Julia Corkey, CEO of ICC Belfast, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, President of IATEFL and Joanne Taylor, Business Solutions Officer at Tou L-R are Gerry Lennon, CEO of Visit Belfast, Jon Burton, CEO of IATEFL, Julia Corkey, CEO of ICC Belfast, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, President of IATEFL and Joanne Taylor, Business Solutions Officer at Tourism NI. Photo Credit: Supplied ICC Belfast

Almost 2,000 teachers were in Belfast this week for their first in-person conference in three years.

The 55th annual conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language is taking place at ICC Belfast, the city’s only purpose-built conference centre.

The conference, which is one of the largest international events in the English language teaching calendar, will also deliver £2.3 million in economic impact for the city.

Jon Burton, CEO at IATEFL, said: “It’s fantastic to host our 55th international conference in Belfast. As one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar our event is attended by thousands of professionals from more than 100 countries, and the five-day programme boasts an array of talks, workshops, and forums as well as a vibrant social programme. 

“ICC Belfast is perfectly placed to accommodate our programme needs, whilst the city lends a vibrant backdrop for trainers, theorists, practising teachers and more professionals from right across the industry to come together and exchange ideas and experiences.” 

Julia Corkey, CEO at ICC Belfast, said: “Business events have the potential to become a reliable economic driver as Tourism NI’s Integrated Strategy for Business Events which launched earlier this year showcases. Now that the conferencing and events industry is back to full capacity, ICC Belfast, has quickly re-emerged as an attractive and viable venue for the sector.”

The IATFL conference was supported by the Belfast and Northern Ireland Conference Support Scheme. The scheme funded by Belfast City Council and Tourism NI and administered by Visit Belfast provides support to eligible associations to host conference and meetings in Belfast and Northern Ireland and further enhance the profile of the region as a business events destination.  

Other conferences and events in the pipeline in the summer months include Harkin International Disability Employment Summit in June and the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Congress in July – which combined will deliver an estimated economic impact of more than £3 million.

Visit Belfast’s CEO, Gerry Lennon, added: “We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that events and conferences in Belfast contribute to the growth and development of the city.  Those efforts and multi-millions of pounds of investment by the sector have elevated the City’s reputation in the global meetings and events marketplace whilst having the unique ability to showcase the amazing, world-leading skills, knowledge and innovation that exist here, putting the city and region on the map as an exciting place to visit, exchange ideas, do business and invest in.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

 

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