Cork was highlighted as a top destination for meetings and conferences at a business tourism networking event in London yesterday, co-hosted by Tourism Ireland and Cork Convention Bureau.
Attended by leading British business tourism contacts, including corporate meeting planners and decision-makers from international associations and association management companies, the aim of the event was to help Cork win a greater share of the lucrative conference and business tourism market.
Speaking at the event, David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Business Tourism, encouraged the influential decision-makers present to consider Cork for their future conference or business tourism event: “This evening’s event is an important opportunity to place Cork in the spotlight as a top conference and business tourism destination. Recent investment around the city, coupled with the distinctive cultural experience on offer, means that Cork can compete with the best destinations in the world in the lucrative conference and business tourism market.
“Business tourism is an important, high-yield sector and Tourism Ireland is working hard – in Great Britain and in other key overseas markets – to promote Cork and the island of Ireland as a premier conference and business tourism destination, with particular focus on the Association Conference sector. Our activity includes promoting ease of access to Ireland and the professionalism on the ground. We are highlighting the good value rates available for meetings and conferences and emphasising the world-class conference and meetings facilities available. Tourism Ireland is also showcasing the great experiences that business tourism delegates can enjoy in Cork and around the island of Ireland on the sidelines of their conference or meeting, interacting with locals and savouring aspects of our unique culture and heritage.”
Pictured at the networking event in London to highlight Cork as a top conference destination are (l-r) David Boyce, Tourism Ireland; Councillor Michael O’Connell, Lord Mayor of Cork; Evelyn O’Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau; and Councillor Jim Daly, Mayor of County Cork.
For further press information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
Note 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 42 different websites, providing information in 20 different languages covering every continent. In 2009 discoverireland.com attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.