COUNCILLORS have agreed to spend over £15,000 for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council to be represented at an event in Cannes in the south of France next year.
The cost is £15,000 for the ‘Platinum level’ package plus travel and subsistence costs – which were not outlined during the main monthly meeting of the Council in Ballymena – for a delegation to go to the MIPIM conference.
It was said the costs will be met under £1million set aside by City Deal already approved by Council.
The Council attended a similar event this year in Cannes as part of the Belfast Regional City Deal.
A report prepared for councillors said attendance at next year’s conference is to meet with potential investors and to promote the borough’s investment opportunities internationally.
The Council report said MIPIM is the premier event in the European real estate calendar.
The report said as a result of attendance in Cannes this year ‘a number of investors are now playing an active role in Council’s Heathrow Hub bid’.
The report said four people including the Council’s Chief Executive Anne Donaghy attended Cannes this year and it was suggested that the same quartet go again next year ‘to build on the relationships and opportunities’.