Six tourism enterprises from around the island of Ireland travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to join Tourism Ireland for a networking ‘Meet in Ireland’ event, where they met with senior representatives of American companies involved in organising international meetings and incentive events.
The event provided an excellent opportunity for the participating companies from Ireland to network, and do business, with the influential event and conference planners from in and around Atlanta who attended.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s executive vice president United States and Canada, said: “We were delighted that so many key decision-makers from the business tourism sector in Atlanta took the time to come and meet our partners, demonstrating their keen interest in the island of Ireland as a business tourism destination. This type of event provides us with a really good opportunity to spread the word about the world-class business tourism product on offer around Ireland.
“Business tourism is an important, high yield sector and Tourism Ireland has had a busy programme of promotional activity under way throughout 2013, to grow this type of tourism. In mid-October, we will have a major presence at IMEX (International Meetings and Events Exhibition) in Las Vegas, an important event to reach key decision-makers in this lucrative sector from across the United States.”
Mary Hartnett, Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa; Paul Shortall, Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal; Stephanie Hughes , The Gibson Hotel, Dublin; Orlaith Meenan, Tourism Ireland; Ferghal Purcell, Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen; Paul Gleeson, Consul General of Ireland to Atlanta; Áine Comerford, Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin; Marie McKown, Tourism Ireland; and Siobhán Byrne-Learat, Adams & Butler (destination management company), at a networking ‘Meet in Ireland’ event in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
• In 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.