A recent business tourism networking event in London – organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland – was attended by 64 decision-makers from international associations in Britain.
Representatives of the various Irish convention bureaux – including Dublin, Kerry, Shannon, Galway and Cork – attended the event, highlighting our world-class conference facilities and what makes Ireland such a special destination. Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, with associations regularly holding conferences for thousands of delegates in different venues around the world, offering significant economic benefits to the host country.
Corporate meetings and association conferences have been the focus of Tourism Ireland’s business tourism promotions in Britain during 2018.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “Our ‘Meet in Ireland’ event was a really useful platform to showcase the island of Ireland to key influencers, in a bid to win a greater share of their lucrative business for Ireland. We were delighted so many representatives of these international associations took the time to attend, to hear about our superb conference facilities and what makes the island of Ireland unique as a business destination.”
‘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 NI.
(back, l-r) Holly English, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau; David Wood and Lorna Toher, both Tourism Ireland; Frances Kinsella, Dublin Convention Bureau; (front, l-r) Rose Finn, Galway Convention Bureau; Evelyn O’Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau; Caitríona Doran, Fáilte Ireland; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Lynda Reilly, Fáilte Ireland; and Becky Hargrove, Kerry Convention Bureau, at the business tourism networking event in London.
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.