American delegates to the 2022 Belfast Homecoming will be among the first international visitors to get a glimpse of the new Ulster University city centre campus.
The multi-million pound cathedral of learning, set to transform the north inner-city, is among the biggest university capital investments in Europe this century.
And Mike Cusick, Chair of the American Irish Legislators Society in the New York State Legislature, who will lead a delegation of assemblymembers and senators to Belfast says the new campus will fuel US interest in Belfast.
"We may be far apart right now but we have never been closer because we are all experiencing things we never have before." Rep Mike Cusick, Staten Island, New York, President American Irish Legislators Society addresses #NYNB2020 pic.twitter.com/ujH9k8ZVmw— Aisling Events (@aislingevents) June 12, 2020
“We have been receiving regular updates on this ambitious plan in our engagements in both Belfast and New York over the past ten years,” he said, “but to see the dream realised will be a great thrill for our members. I have no doubt but that this will make many potential partners in the US sit up and take notice of the great work going on at the University of Ulster and, indeed, in the modern Belfast.”
Also topping the agenda for the visitors will be a briefing on 'Belfast Stories' the new attraction planned for Belfast and including the listed Bank of Ireland Art Deco building on the corner of North Street and Royal Avenue.
Tribute to Staten Island Assemblyman Mike Cusick on his last West Point Day at the New York legislature for his role in ending offensive protests at funerals of military personnel in the Empire State. @Michael_Cusick 👏 pic.twitter.com/zb0J6gG0HE— Irish Echo Newspaper (@IrishEcho) March 24, 2022
During the Homecoming, visitors will also be feted at the Eastside Visitor Centre on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast and at Áras Uí Chonghaile on the Falls Road before visiting the first new whiskey distillery in the Belfast area in a century: Hinch Distillery in Temple, Co Down.
The highlight of the Homecoming will be a gala dinner and Belfast Ambassador Medal Presentation in the Titanic Hotel on Thursday 29 September.
VIDEO: The Lord Mayor @CllrBlack launched a public consultation today focusing on Belfast's new visitor destination Belfast Stories.— Belfast City Council (@belfastcc) August 11, 2022
Join the #BelfastStories conversation & view the consultation details at https://t.co/TGPQTCMiNK pic.twitter.com/hubAXReyRR