Dublin was on the itinerary for a group of specialist business tourism planners from France who visited Ireland recently. The group – comprising 12 leading incentive, meetings and conference organisers – was carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Paris, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.
The aim of the trip was to showcase the superb business and conference facilities on offer in Dublin,
as well as some of the many attractions that delegates can enjoy here on the sideline of their conference or meeting. As well as a site inspection of The Shelbourne hotel in the city centre, the group visited The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD). They also took in a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. One of the highlights of their time here was an evening of traditional music and dance at the Merry Ploughboys pub in Rathfarnham.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Southern Europe, said: “We are delighted that so many of these key business tourism decision-makers have taken the time to come to Dublin, to see what we have to offer at first-hand. Visits like this are extremely important, as they help to build awareness of our world-class business and conference facilities, as well as the wonderful tourism product on offer here. The superb meetings, incentive and transport infrastructure on offer here, coupled with our distinctive cultural experience, means the island of Ireland is a very attractive destination for the business tourism market here in France. Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, offering significant economic benefits, and Tourism Ireland is working hard to promote the island of Ireland in France as a premier business tourism destination.”
Influential French business tourism planners in Dublin’s Powerscourt Centre with Catherine Bertin, Tourism Ireland France (left).
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 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.
• By the end of 2011, almost 7.4 million overseas visitors will have come to the island of Ireland (+7% on 2010), delivering revenue of approximately €3.4 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 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.