“The Derry part of our visit to Northern Ireland has surpassed all expectations. The city, currently enjoying the 2013 UK City of Culture Award, has rallied, achieving an amazing amount in a very short time. Every place we visited was impressive. From conference venue to social venue to hotel, every site seemed to have either been refurbished or was clearly undergoing refurbishment. There has been massive investment here and there is no doubt that the legacy of 2013 is opening the city up to prolific new opportunities for conference business. Coupled with what’s happening on the ground is an infectious sense of optimism. The pain of the recent past is being channelled into an amazing energy that we felt from everyone that we met. What is on offer here is truly remarkable and I can only emphasize once againthat “Derry is open for Business.”
Michael Foreman, Association of British Professional Conference Organisers
“It’s difficult to find the right words to express my thanks on behalf of the Partnership for the exceptional welcome and fantastic and so impressive arrangements you made for our visit over the last two days. We packed so much in it feels like we’ve been with you for much longer than 48 hours! You should be righty proud of your achievements – the sense of collective pride, enthusiasm, ambition, determination to make Northern Ireland and Derry-Londonderry a must-see world-class business and leisure travel destination. It seems to me that the words of Seamus Heaney illustrate the journey you’ve been on – “Getting started, keeping going, getting started again - in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm not only of achievement but of survival, the ground of convinced action, the basis of self-esteemand the guarantee of credibility in your lives, credibility to yourselves as well as to others.”
Michael Hirst, Business Visits and Events Partnership
On behalf of the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN), the Board of Directors and the whole EBN team, we would like to testify how much we feel honoured and grateful for having been given the opportunity to share this unique experience with you and your team. From the very beginning your claimed your strong will to have "a congress with a difference." The result was doubtlessly beyond our expectations. You have challenged us with a totally new format for this event, and we would like to commend your invaluable contribution in the preparation of what will now be remembered as "the most creative and inspiring congress of all EBN's history."
The highly stimulating spirit spurred throughout the various sessions has given rise to a general creative intellectual and human dynamic to be remembered for long in EBN's experience of big events. You have definitely changed the way we and participants view EBN's congresses, you really are innovators, and we are proud to count you in our network! We sincerely hope you enjoyed sharing this experience with us as much as we did during these three intense days
The EBN Team, Brussels