Cork Convention Bureau and The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) joined Tourism Ireland in Brussels this week, for a networking ‘Meet in Ireland’ event.
With some of the top conference and meeting planners based in Belgium in attendance, the event provided a valuable opportunity to showcase and sell Ireland and to highlight what makes it unique as a conference and business tourism destination.
The headquarters of more than 2,000 associations are in Brussels, making the city an important source of association conferences and business tourism for Ireland. Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Given that the headquarters of more than 2,000 associations are located in Brussels, it makes sense for us to proactively target this sector. These associations regularly hold conferences for thousands of delegates in different venues around the world, delivering significant economic benefits to the host country. Business tourism is an important, high yield sector and Tourism Ireland in Belgium has an extensive programme of promotions under way throughout 2015, to grow this type of tourism. This type of networking event provides Tourism Ireland, and our Irish partners, with a wonderful opportunity to highlight our world-class business and conference facilities, as well as the great experiences delegates can enjoy in Ireland on the sidelines of their conference or meeting.”
Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, with visitors travelling here for business purposes spending about 2.5 times more than the average visitor.
Belgian business tourism buyers with Orla Kraft, Tourism Ireland (left); Elaine O’Callaghan, The Convention Centre Dublin (second left); Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland; and Séamus Heaney, Cork Convention Bureau (right).
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 2014, we welcomed 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.1 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.