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Dutch Travel Agents Choose Belfast

Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI have announced the annual congress of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR) will take place in Belfast, in November.

Following a meeting in Amsterdam in March, representatives of Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam and from ANVR travelled to Belfast last month, to meet with the Tourism NI team, to secure this prestigious conference for the city. The congress is ANVR’s annual event and will take place over four days, from November 21 – 24.

Around 220 Dutch travel professionals – including travel agents, tour operators and group organisers, as well as travel journalists – are expected to participate. There is good access between the Netherlands and Northern Ireland, with both KLM and easyJet operating direct flights from Amsterdam to Belfast.

Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said in a statement: “It is a tremendous honour for Belfast to have won this prestigious event in the face of competition from other destinations.  Tourism Ireland is delighted to have played its part in securing this event, which confirms Belfast as a world-class business and conference destination.”

“It’s a unique opportunity to show these influential travel agents and tour operators what’s on offer here It will help to increase the number of Dutch holidaymakers to Northern Ireland in 2020 and beyond.”

John McGrillen, Chief Executive of Tourism NI, said: “Tourism NI welcomes the announcement that Belfast will play host to the annual congress of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators in November. We are not only delighted that the association has chosen Belfast as the host of its annual congress, boosting conference business to the city, but also that they will be experiencing what makes Northern Ireland a stand-out destination for international leisure visitors.”

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