The island of Ireland is being promoted as a top destination for business tourism this week, at the annual Meeting & Incentive Forum (M&I Forum) – Americas 2017, which is taking place in Cancún, Mexico. Tourism Ireland, together with a delegation of 11 Irish tourism companies, is meeting with some 185 meetings and incentive buyers from North and South America attending the event.
M&I Forum is one of the leading B2B events for business tourism buyers based in North America, who are booking global travel programmes for 2017 and beyond. It’s a three-day event which involves pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings, matching the Irish companies with the influential American buyers, as well as a number of networking events.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We are delighted to participate in this year’s Meeting & Incentive Forum in Cancún, Mexico. This type of event provides us with a really good opportunity to highlight the island of Ireland to influential business tourism buyers and to spread the word about our world-class meetings, conference and incentive facilities.”
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. ‘Meet in Ireland’ is the official MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) brand for the island of Ireland. It 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.
Adrian Mooney, The K Club; Marie McKown, Tourism Ireland; Sandra Russell, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links; Sharon Joyce, O'Callaghan Hotels; Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Olwyn Horgan, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge; Stephanie Hughes, The Westin Dublin; Orla Byrne, Druids Glen Resort; Stephanie Hayes, Clontarf Castle; Lynda Reilly, Dublin Convention Bureau; and John Callely, Odyssey International, at M&I Forum in Cancún, Mexico.
Notes To Editors
Tourism businesses attending M&I Forum – The Americas 2017 this week include:
- Adare Manor
- Carton House Hotel
- Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
- Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
- Dublin Convention Bureau
- The K Club
- Moloney & Kelly Travel
- O’Callaghan Hotels
- Odyssey International
- Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa
- The Westin Dublin