Seven decision-makers from leading business tourism companies in Great Britain enjoyed a fact-finding visit to Dublin and Wicklow recently, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The group included senior representatives of companies involved in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) sector, who are responsible for organising international conferences, meetings and large-scale incentive events around the world for their clients. They were here to discover more about the world-class facilities and accommodation on offer, as well as the great experiences business delegates can enjoy here on the sidelines of their conference or meeting.
The influential group enjoyed a walking tour of Dublin, taking in various meetings and events venues like Smock Alley Theatre, Trinity College and Dublin Castle. They also inspected the facilities at The Convention Centre Dublin and the RDS Conference Village, as well as hotels like the Westin, the Morrison, the Marker and the Clarence. In Co Wicklow, they visited the Powerscourt Estate and stayed at the Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry.
Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted that so many of these key business tourism decision-makers took the time to visit Dublin and Wicklow, to experience for themselves some of the superb facilities on offer here. Seeing is believing – so fact-finding visits like this are an invaluable part of our overall promotional programme to build awareness of the island of Ireland, and our world-class business tourism product, among the business tourism sector in Great Britain.”
Decision-makers from leading British business tourism companies at Powerscourt Estate, Co Wicklow, with Róisín Gaffney, Fáilte Ireland (second left); Deirdre O’Brien (fifth left) and Dara Cruise (sixth left), both Powerscourt Hotel; and Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland (sixth right).
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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 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, which appears in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.