Growing business tourism from Britain at The Meetings Show 2016
As part of the push to grow conference and business tourism from Great Britain, 15 tourism businesses joined Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland in London this week, at The Meetings Show 2016.
Last year, The Meetings Show attracted almost 3,000 infuential conference and meeting professionals and event planners, from Britain and Mainland Europe. The three-day event provides the tourism companies from Ireland with an excellent opportunity to do business face-to-face with the influential decision-makers in attendance, through a series of pre-scheduled appointments and networking opportunities. Key themes being promoted this year include the Wild Atlantic Way and Northern Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink.
David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “The Meetings Show is another valuable platform to showcase and sell the island of Ireland and to continue to build awareness of our world-class business and conference facilities. Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, offering significant economic benefits, and we have an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight the island of Ireland as a premier business tourism destination.”
Joanne Walsh, Lough Erne Resort; Aoife McHale, Visit Derry; Lydia Toal, Wallace Travel Group; Gráinne Murphy, Tourism Ireland; Róisín Gaffney, Fáilte Ireland; Róisin O’Sullivan, The Marker Hotel; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Lorna Hennebry, Citywest Hotel; and Úna Young, Select Hotels of Ireland, at The Meetings Show 2016 in London.
Notes To Editors
- ‘Meet in Ireland’ is the official MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) brand for the island of Ireland, which comprises three tourism authorities, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, who work in partnership to promote the island of Ireland as a leading conference and meeting destination.
- 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 220,000 people.
- In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.