Meetings are Belfast’s big earners

Conferences, and various other forms of high powered talking shops are Belfast’s biggest earners. There’s little doubt it’s kept a vibrant taxi industry affloat.

Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) said the 67 conferences hosted by the city in 2005 – a 30% increase on 2004 – had resulted in visitors paying for over 41,000 nights accommodation. Events have now been booked for as far ahead as 2010.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty