World’s leading bloggers and influencers descend on Belfast 

Social Travel Summit

Over 40 of the world’s leading travel bloggers and influencers from 14 countries including Europe, the USA, China, India and Australia were recently hosted in Belfast as part of the 2018 Social Travel Summit.

The two-day summit which took place at The Merchant Hotel from 25 – 26 September was brought to Northern Ireland by the world’s leading travel influencer network; iambassador, as a result of collaboration between VisitBritain and Tourism NI.

Focused on the future of digital travel content, the Social Travel Summit saw up to 140 delegates from across the world exchange ideas on the latest innovations in digital travel marketing.

Social media is a powerful influencer on people’s decision to travel. For Northern Ireland, the Social Travel Summit coming to Belfast was a fantastic opportunity to promote the destination to an important group of world-class travel influencers.

Over the course of their visit delegates had the opportunity to visit some of Belfast’s most popular attractions including Titanic Belfast, enjoy walking tours of the Cathedral and Linen Quarters and venture further afield to live it up Downton-style at Larchfield Estate Co. Antrim, forage for food on the shores of Lough Neagh, travel along the picturesque Causeway Coastal Route and explore the many Game of Thrones locations currently dotted across Northern Ireland.

The highlight of the summit was a Gala Dinner hosted by Tourism NI and VisitBritain at Belfast Cathedral, at which delegates were treated to an extravaganza of Northern Ireland culture including a selection of locally sourced food and drink, music and dance. There was also the unique opportunity to dress like characters from Game of Thrones and sit on the real “Iron Throne “ from the series.

Commenting on the success of the event, Naomi Waite, Director of Marketing at Tourism NI said:

“We were delighted to play host to this year’s Social Travel Summit. Business tourism, specifically conferences and incentives, is emerging as a key priority for the future growth of tourism in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is an up-and-coming destination and one that is very much confidently moving on. The Social Travel Summit was a fantastic opportunity to showcase what there is to see and do in Northern Ireland to a captive audience who will hopefully be inspired to tell their own stories about what they experienced whilst here.

I would like to thank all of those from the tourism and hospitality industry who were involved in hosting our international guests. They acted as great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and what makes the region such a unique place to visit.”

Speaking about bringing the Social Travel Summit to Belfast, Keith Jenkins, iambassador Chief Executive and founder of the Social Travel Summit said:

“Tourism NI and VisitBritain did an outstanding job in showcasing Belfast and Northern Ireland to delegates attending this year’s Social Travel Summit. I have received excellent feedback from delegates saying that they had a terrific time in Belfast.

There were so many highlights of the summit but some of the most notable to me were the opening reception in the Great Room of the Merchant Hotel, walking tours of Belfast city and the unforgettable Gala Dinner at Belfast Cathedral.  The Social Travel Summit in Belfast is surely one that people will be talking about for years to come.”

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Referring to positive feedback received from delegates at the Social Travel Summit. Emma Mead Head of Global PR at VisitBritain said:

“Through our strong partnerships with iambassador and Tourism NI, we are thrilled to have had such a positive response from all the delegates about this year’s summit.

The Social Travel Summit was a fantastic opportunity to show to the world’s leading travel bloggers and influencers what an amazing destination Britain and Northern Ireland is to enjoy all kinds of travel experiences, from adventures along the coast to local stories in cool cities, from foraging in the countryside to luxury dining experiences.”

Job Vacancy: Commercial Manager

Dream Apartments Jobs

Due to an internal promotion, Dream Apartments have an amazing opportunity for an energetic and performance driven Commercial Manager.  This is a prime delivery and strategic role reporting to the Managing Director.

The job holder will be an accomplished, inspirational leader within the hospitality sector with  experience and will manage Client Relations (Sales), Client Reservations, Supply Chain (Partnerships), Revenue and Marketing departments.
 
Your role will be to attract, build and sustain relationships and revenue streams with new and existing B2B clients through a cohesive business strategy which embraces our brand and accommodation offering and work across multiple functions such as marketing, sales, property acquisition and relationships with investors.
 
You will manage the commercial contracts and legal aspects of the day to day for the organisation and be comfortable in advising the organisation and its shareholders around commercial activity or financial models.
 
You will identify and implement development measures to instil and sustain a high performance culture across the business with a focus on revenues, achieving targets and upselling for guest benefit. You will also ensure balance alongside high standards of courtesy, quality and positive relationships with clients, guests and industry partners.
 
You will actively develop networks with new potential clients and be a key cog in our executive management team. You will be based in Belfast.
 
Finally, you will lead the operation team in Belfast, managing a dynamic team with the support of the Director of Housekeeping and front office Manager.
 

You will have 

Proven ability to lead a team and inspire and win the confidence of colleagues and partners
 
Self- driven individual with high standards of performance, attention to detail, and strong work ethic
 
An ability to manage, interrogate and interpret business data to provide accurate information and commentary
 
Proven experience of developing and implementing commercial strategies to accelerate growth
 
Exceptional negotiation skills with a track record of developing mutually beneficial relationships and commercially sound arrangements for the business
 
You will receive
 
A competitive base salary, company car, a contributory pension scheme and 28 days annual leave.
 
If you are interested in this fantastic career opportunity and would like to work within a fast paced high energy business, where you will play a major role in the growth of Dream Apartments, we would be delighted to hear from you.
 EMAIL:  andrew@dreamapartments.co.uk with cover letter and CV
Closing date 21/09/2018  : 5pm

Upcoming conferences in Belfast

A list of upcoming conferences in Belfast!

IMEKO 2018

Start Date: 03/09/2018
End Date: 07/09/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

International Society for Eye Research

Start Date: 09/09/2018
End Date: 13/09/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

International Society of Testate Amoebae Scientists

Start Date: 10/09/2018
End Date: 14/09/2018

Venue: Queens University

IEEE Conference on Cluster Computing

Start Date: 10/09/2018
End Date: 14/09/2018

Venue: Assembly Buildings

BSA Work, Employment & Society Conference

Start Date: 12/09/2018
End Date: 14/09/2018

Venue: Europa Hotel

All Ireland Transplant Congress

Start Date: 13/09/2018
End Date: 14/09/2018

Venue: Titanic Exhibition Centre

Euro Fed Lipid Conference 2018

Start Date: 16/09/2018
End Date: 19/09/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS)

Start Date: 26/09/2018
End Date: 28/09/2018

Venue: Queens University

October 2018

WHO Healthy Cities

Start Date: 01/10/2018
End Date: 04/10/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Celtic Conference

Start Date: 01/10/2018
End Date: 01/10/2018

Venue: TBC

BAGIS (British Association of Gender Identity Specialists)

Start Date: 04/10/2018
End Date: 05/10/2018

Venue: Queens University

Ligonier International Conference

Start Date: 05/10/2018
End Date: 06/10/2018

Venue: Assembly Buildings

National Black Police Association

Start Date: 09/10/2018
End Date: 11/10/2018

Venue: Titanic Belfast

Europlatform 2018

Start Date: 11/10/2018
End Date: 11/10/2018

Venue: Europa Hotel

Britain in Bloom Awards

Start Date: 19/10/2018
End Date: 20/10/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront and Hilton Belfast

European Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy – ESCP

Start Date: 23/10/2018
End Date: 26/10/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

Build Peace Conference

Start Date: 29/10/2018
End Date: 31/10/2018

Venue: University of Ulster

Global Nutreco Group 2018 Meeting

Start Date: 29/10/2018
End Date: 03/11/2018

Venue: TBC

November 2018

Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition

Start Date: 08/11/2018
End Date: 09/11/2018

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

British Pig Veterinary Society

Start Date: 08/11/2018
End Date: 09/11/2018

Venue: TBC

Association of Pension Lawyers

Start Date: 14/11/2018
End Date: 16/11/2018

Venue: Europa Hotel

Town & Gown UK Conference

Start Date: 18/11/2018
End Date: 20/11/2018

Venue: Queens University

Irish Thoracic Society AGM

Start Date: 23/11/2018
End Date: 24/11/2018

Venue: Europa

British Scoliosis Society

Start Date: 29/11/2018
End Date: 30/11/2018

Venue: Europa Hotel

Job Vacancy: Apartment Manager 

Dream Apartments BelfastDreams Apartments Ltd – Belfast

£19,000 – £21,000 a year
As Apartment Manager, you will oversee the Front Office Team which is the main connection between t​he Guests and the Apartments. An Apartment Manager is responsible for managing the first impressions of our Guests and, therefore, must perform the following tasks to the highest standards:

Oversee the entire Front Office & housekeeping operation to maintain high standards
Evaluate levels of Guest satisfaction and monitor trends, with a focus on continuous improvement
Ensure regular and VIP Guests are recognised and that the Front Office department operates with a sales attitude and promotes the hotel brand’s loyalty scheme
Maximise room occupancy at best rates and use up-selling techniques to promote hotel services and facilities
Supervising the housekeeping department to ensure Guest experience is positive.
Daily tasks would include departmental objectives, work schedules, budgets, policies, and procedures
Monitor the appearance, standards, and performance of the Front Office Team Members with an emphasis on training and teamwork
Ensure Team Members have current knowledge of hotel products, services, pricing and policies, as well as knowledge of the local area, and are continuously trained to learn and understand policies and practices
Maintain good communication and working relationships with all hotel departments
Monitor staffing levels to meet cover business demands
Conduct monthly communication meetings and produce minutes
Manage staff performance issues in compliance with company policies and procedures
Recruit, manage, train and develop the Front Office team
Comply with hotel security, fire regulations and all health and safety legislation
Act in accordance with policies and procedures when working with front of house equipment and property management systems

What are we looking for?

To successfully fill this role, you should maintain the attitude, behaviours, skills, and values that follow:
A degree or diploma in Hotel Management or equivalent
A minimum of 3 years of Front Office supervisory experience in the hotel, leisure, and/or retail sector
High level of IT proficiency
High level of commercial awareness and sales capabilities
Experience of managing people and developing people
Previous experience of managing a department and Profit and Loss account
Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
Accountable and resilient
Commitment to delivering a high level of customer service
Ability to work under pressure
Excellent grooming standards
Flexibility to respond to a variety of work situations
Ability to work on your own and as part of a team

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £19,000.00 to £21,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • Front Office supervisory: 3 years (Required)

TO APPLY: Send CV and Cover letter to : Mark@dreamapartments.co.uk

Belfast’s Top 10 Attractions!

How to be a tourist in Belfast!

BelfastWe’ve put together 10 attractions that are a MUST when visiting Belfast! Check out our list of attractions and vote for your favourite! You can check out our Belfast properties here

Dog Friendly Accommodation with Dream Apartments

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Dog friendly accommodation with Dream Apartments Belfast

 

Struggling to find a place to stay in the centre of Belfast that can accommodate your beloved pooch? We’ve got you covered with dog friendly apartments available at St Thomas Hall!

Dream Apartments offer stunning one and two-bedroom apartments welcoming you and your favourite doggos too. Our St Thomas Hall property on the Lisburn Road provides the perfect space to sit back and relax, and your pet will surely appreciate the enhanced space to move around in a serviced apartment as compared to a hotel room.  We can also assist you on finding dog walkers and pet sitters in Belfast, with the beautiful Botanic Gardens just a short walk away from your apartment.

Explore the city of Belfast with our complimentary custom-made Dream Apartments Welcome Guide for Travelling with Pets, where we recommend excellent dog friendly pubs, restaurants and activities in Belfast, everything to equip you for your stay with your family, friends and pooch including  nearby vets and pet shops.

An additional cost of £50 will be applied to your full stay (that’s right, not per night). We are very proud and precious about the contents in our apartments, so any damage caused to our fixtures or furnishings by your pooch (should they take a notion to chewing our skirting boards) will be fully chargeable to yourself.

Please ensure you bring your dog’s favourite bed and water bowl as these will not be provided. For bookings and enquiries contact our Belfast team on 028 9521 6054.

To find out more about our Belfast properties click here

You can read our Welcome Guide for Travelling with Pets here: Belfast pet guide

8 Reasons You Should Chose A Serviced Apartment Over A Hotel

Searching for accommodation in a new city? Finding it difficult to chose between a serviced apartment and a hotel? We’re here to help!

We believe our serviced apartments offer huge advantages to corporate and leisure travellers so we’ve compiled the top 8 reasons you should chose Dream Apartments as your accommodation!

1. Home Comforts

Our serviced apartments offer a home-from-home feel and are equipped with everything you need for a stress-free stay. Relax in our spacious living area with TV’s and high speed Wi-Fi or use our complimentary toiletries and enjoy a long soak in our bathtubs to wind down after a busy day.

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2. City Living, Dream Lifestyle

Staying with Dream Apartments is an exclusive, customised experience. We cater for all special requests in advance as well as secure parking and stocking up on treats such as welcome breakfast baskets and drinks so you don’t have to rush to a grocery store on arrival.

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3. Space and Freedom

Don’t worry about setting up and travelling to meeting venues, you can entertain guests in your own private and spacious living/dining area. Work, relax and entertain all under one roof.

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4. Excellent locations

All our serviced apartments are conveniently located in the city centre and in close proximity to major shopping and business districts.

5. Save some extra pennies

Choosing a serviced apartment over a hotel can be pretty cost effective also. With a fully integrated kitchen equipped with an oven/cooker, washer/dryer you can cater to your own dietary requirements without having to to spend extra money eating out… And you can save on the dry cleaning! With rates charged per apartment as opposed to per person, this can be ideal when travelling with others.

6. Peace of mind

Serviced apartments are private, secure and self-contained accommodations with CCTV, secure entry and some locations secure parking, round-the-clock staff and service. Sleep easy with Dream Apartments.

7. Best of both worlds

Just because you chose to stay at a serviced apartment does not mean you miss out on the best of hotel perks! Enjoy home-from-home living with that added bonus of hotel housekeeping. Cleaning and linen service is a given, so you don’t have to lift a finger!

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8. A warm welcome

At your temporary home with Dream Apartments you can expect to be stocked up with all essentials such as tea, coffee and toiletries on arrival. We have everything you need so you can get comfortable and relax in your new home.

For more on our corporate accommodation check here 

Win a stay at Dream Apartment in Belfast, Liverpool or Newcastle upon Tyne

CARIBBEAN HEAT WAVE SET TO HIT THE CATHEDRAL QUARTER!

Caribbean SocialBelfast’s Caribbean Community are planning a very special party in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. And everyone’s invited!

Hosted by Destination CQ BID, African and Caribbean Support Organisation NI (ACSONI) and Belfast City Council, the First ever Caribbean Social takes place on Sunday 19 August and features the very best cultural and culinary servings, fresh from Barbados and beyond to the streets of Belfast!

There will be cool musical vibes courtesy of Steel Drum maestros and Notting Hill Carnival legends Tropical Heatwave, as well as a family friendly afternoon of reggae, dance, DJs, Young at Art kids workshops, Rainbow Storytelling and much more. There will also be a mouth-watering range of stunning Caribbean Street Food stalls to provide you with a Sunday lunch with a difference.

Best of all, the Caribbean Social is absolutely free!

For more details on The First Caribbean Social (plus all other events), visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastmusic and join the conversation on social media using the #belfastmusic hashtag.

Book accommodation DIRECT at Dream Apartments Belfast here

Dream Apartments Acquires More Stock At Titanic Arc

Dream Apartments are delighted to have acquired more stock as part of the Titanic Arc development which will be available to book from the end of September. We are also pleased to announce that we will be providing a brand new room type, the one-bedroom duplex, also available at the end of September. Titanic Arc offers central and convenient waterfront living and is especially suited to long term corporate guests. Finished to an exceptionally high standard with all the modern amenities required for a ‘home away from home’, this is the prime location to stop over when visiting Belfast for business. 

To find out more about Titanic Arc or to enquire about Dream Apartment’s exclusive corporate program, please e-mail mark@dreamapartments.co.uk 

To view our other Belfast properties click here