Leading Spanish conference and meeting planners visited Dublin recently, to see for themselves some of our new world-class conference facilities, including The CCD (The Convention Centre Dublin) and the Aviva Stadium. They also had the chance to sample some of our iconic visitor experiences during their visit, including a fun pint-pulling session at the Guinness Storehouse.
Joanne Murphy, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Spain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring such a prestigious group of business tourism decision-makers to Dublin, indicating their keen interest in Ireland as a business tourism destination for 2011 and beyond. The island of Ireland is emerging as an important player in the Spanish market for business tourism and we are actively targeting this sector in 2011. 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 Spanish business tourism market than ever before.”
The group’s visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in Spain, in conjunction with Dublin Convention Bureau and Aer Lingus.
Spanish business tourism buyers at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with Jennifer Armstrong, Tourism Ireland and Sam Johnston, Dublin Convention Bureau (centre).
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.