Leading French conference and meeting planners visited Ireland recently, to see for themselves some of our new world-class conference and hotel facilities, including The CCD (The Convention Centre Dublin); the Gibson and Merrion hotels in Dublin; Carton House near Maynooth; Lyrath Estate Hotel and Mount Juliet in Co Kilkenny; as well as Number Ten, the wonderful Georgian venue on Dublin’s quays. The group also had the chance to sample some of our iconic visitor experiences during their visit, including a fun Viking Splash Tour, a visit to Kilkenny Castle and to Powerscourt Gardens in Co Wicklow, and a whiskey-tasting session at the Old Jameson Distillery.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring such a prestigious group of conference organisers to Ireland, indicating their keen interest in the destination. The superb meetings and incentive infrastructure on offer here, coupled with our distinctive cultural experience, means the island of Ireland is now an even more viable and attractive destination for the French business tourism market than ever before. Ireland has always been a strong player in France for incentive business and this year Tourism Ireland, together with our industry partners, is actively targeting the Association Conference sector.”
Tourism Ireland has a busy promotional programme under way in France for 2011, highlighting the world-class conference and meetings facilities available here; promotional activity includes advertising in specialist publications, direct marketing and attendance at events such as Meedex (Meeting Destination Experts) in Paris. Tourism Ireland is also showcasing the great experiences business delegates can enjoy here on the sidelines of their conference or meeting, interacting with locals and savouring aspects of our unique culture and heritage.
The group’s visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with A Touch of Ireland (destination management company).
Matt Ryan (second from right) welcomed leading French conference and meeting planners and Catherine Bertin, Tourism Ireland France (right) to the Grand Hotel Malahide during a recent fact-finding visit.
Further media 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.
• Approximately 6.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2010, delivering revenue of approximately €3 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 20 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.