Airport sets out stall at major routes conference

12 Apr 2015

A strong airport team led by Managing Director, Graham Keddie, is promoting the main ‘gateway’ to Northern Ireland at the Routes Europe Conference in Aberdeen.

The airport shared its eye-catching exhibition stand with Visit Belfast – a joint mission to tell airlines about the list of premier Northern Ireland visitor attractions and events.

Rachael McGuickin, Director of Business Tourism at Visit Belfast, took to Twitter to say: “Team Belfast out in force....Great work being done to increase NI air access @BelfastAirport.”

Spurred on by the US Masters and the prospect of hosting the Irish Open at Royal County Down next month, visiting delegates got the chance to test their skills with a golf putter on the airport stand.

If golf wasn’t enough of a lure, then the array of fantastic Northern Ireland produce certainly hit the spot. Bushmills Whiskey, Shortcross Gin, Tayto Crisps, Aunt Sandra’s Confectionary and Ditty’s Biscuits gave a distinctive flavour to the overall effort.

Airport Business Development Director, Uel Hoey, said interest is strong in what the team was promoting.

Uel added: “We have over 20 meetings with key airline and airport targets, and the response we are receiving is quite positive. We’re hoping to host this same event in Belfast in 2017, and it’s important we deliver a positive, forward-looking message to the industry.”

Graham Keddie said he had no doubt but that the 3-day Conference would bear fruit. “It’s important we are here to set out our stall for Northern Ireland, so to speak. We’re about growing tourism and to do that effectively, we have to have increased air access.

“Airline and airport delegates are hearing the message loud and clear: we’re open for business; we have a fantastic product for a global market and we want more direct access to deliver growth at the airport and the tourism sector.”  


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