Partner, Social and Evening Programmes



Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May


Two sight-seeing tours* have been arranged for partners, while the Congress is underway.


Wednesday 30 May

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

The Best of Belfast - Enjoy a sight-seeing tour of Belfast, followed by entry into Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience (World's Leading Visitor Attraction 2016). Delegates will have an opportunity to explore this wonderful facility and its nine galleries.

The guided tour will incorporate:

·        Queen’s University

·        Botanic Gardens/Ulster Museum

·        Great Victoria Street/Crown Bar/Grand Opera House

·        Europa Hotel

·        Falls & Shankill Roads

·        Peacewall

·        Crumlin Road Gaol

·        Cathedral Quarter

·        Albert Clock/ Big Fish

·        Titanic Quarter/Titanic Belfast/SS Nomadic

·        Stormont/Parliament Buildings

·        High Court

·        St George’s Market

·        City Hall


Thursday 31 May

Time: 9.00 - 17.30

Game of Thrones Tour - The tour is designed for anyone who has been blown away by some of the stunning scenery featured as the backdrop in HBO's Game of Thrones!

The tour travels along the Causeway Coastal Route through beautiful coastal towns, including Ballycastle. Which Game of Thrones fans will recognise as home to Lady Catelyn Stark and Varys!

The guided tour will incorporate:

·        Cushendun -   visit the Cave where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow assassin!

·        Carnlough - AKA Braavosi Canal when Ayra falls into the water during combat

·        Ballintoy Harbour - where Theon Greyjoy returns to Pyke Harbour

·        Larrybane - where Renly swears to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned's death, but meets his end at               the hands of the shadow assassin 

·        The Dark Hedges – possibly the most recognisable of Game of Thrones locations where Arya Stark                 makes her escape down The Kings Road.

Please note this tour will involve a lot of walking, often on uneven surfaces. It therefore requires moderate fitness levels.  Please come dressed appropriately for not only the season, but also for the activity.

*All tours are subject to change depending upon numbers in attendance.



The 2018 Congress will take place in the Europa Hotel Belfast, located in the heart of Belfast city centre.


Welcome Reception

Time: 19.00 - 22.30

CIECA members and their partners are invited to attend a welcome reception and light supper within the Penthouse of the Europa on Tuesday 29 May. 

Dress code: Smart casual


CIECA Dinner

Time: 19.00 - 22.30

CIECA members and their partners are invited to attend a CIECA dinner at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 30 May.

Belfast City Hall is Belfast's civic building. Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, it first opened its doors in August 1906. The CIECA dinner will be held in Belfast City Hall by kind permission of the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister.

Dress code: Business attire


Congress Gala Dinner

Time: 19.00 - 23.00

The Congress Gala dinner will be held in the Europa hotel’s Grand Ballroom on Thursday 31 May.

All delegates (members and non-members) and their partners are invited to attend the Congress Gala dinner on 31 May.

Dress code: Jacket and tie for gentlemen / Cocktail dress for ladies



Friday 1 June


Guided Tour of the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery

Travel by luxury coach along the Causeway Coastal Route – voted one of the world's five most spectacular drives!

The first port of call is the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle, before the tour travels onward to the world-famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.  Guests have the option to make the terrifying trip across the bridge that was originally erected by salmon fishermen (weather permitting). Anyone who prefers to keep their feet firmly on land can take one of the exhilarating walks and enjoy the stunning views.

The next stop is the world-renowned Bushmills Distillery, with a chance to sample some Irish whiskey.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to Giant’s Causeway, Irelands only World Heritage Site. Delegates can spend some time exploring the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. The coach will travel along the coast, for one last short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, before heading back to Belfast.

Please note this is a full day tour, departing Belfast at 09.00 and returning around 17.30