A group of leading US and Canadian Business Tourism decision-makers was in Co Clare last week, to experience the tourism and conference facilities of the region at first-hand. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland, their fact-finding itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Shannon Development.
The group, made up of influential decision-makers who plan, organise or influence conferences, meetings and events, was in Ireland to attend the opening of The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) and to attend a Business Tourism workshop. They then took some time out, to sample what Clare and the Shannon Region have to offer for conference and business delegates. They enjoyed a wonderful falconry display at Dromoland Castle and were entertained during their visit by the Bunratty Castle entertainers. They also inspected the meeting and conference facilities at the University of Limerick and at Thomond Park. Business Tourism is one of the most lucrative forms of tourism, offering significant economic benefits.
US and Canadian Business Tourism decision-makers enjoyed a falconry display during their visit to Dromoland Castle; Marianne Van Wagner, International Behaviour Neuroscience Society (based in Texas) is pictured with one of the birds of prey during the display with falconer Dave Atkinson.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Vice-President of Marketing in the United States, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring such a heavyweight complement of top US and Canadian Business Tourism buyers to Clare and the Shannon Region. Business Tourism is an extremely important, high-yield sector and Tourism Ireland is working hard to promote the Shannon Region and the island of Ireland in the US as a premier conference and Business Tourism destination. We are also highlighting the great experiences Business Tourism delegates can enjoy here, on the sidelines of their conference or meeting, interacting with locals and savouring aspects of our unique culture and heritage.”
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
Notes to Editors:
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- 7.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.46 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 41 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages.