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18 Oct 2018

Ireland – ready to do business in Las Vegas

Thirty-four (34) tourism enterprises from the island of Ireland are attending IMEX America in Las Vegas this week.

Now in its eighth year, IMEX (International Meetings and Events Exhibition) America is an important event targeting decision-makers in the lucrative MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) sector. Around 3,300 buyers from North America, and elsewhere around the world, are attending the three-day show – which provides valuable business and networking opportunities for the participating tourism operators from Ireland.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “IMEX America is an important platform for Tourism Ireland and our partners to showcase the world-class conference, meetings and incentive facilities on offer right around the island of Ireland. Overall, business sentiment at the show is really positive, with interest in Ireland for conferences and incentive travel remaining high and advance business for 2019 looking good.”

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. Tourism Ireland in North America has been undertaking a busy programme of promotions throughout 2018, to continue to build awareness of the island of Ireland as a world-class destination for association conferences and incentive travel.

‘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.   
  Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland (back, 12th left); Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland (2nd row, centre); and tourism companies from the island of Ireland, at IMEX America.

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 more than 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.