Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau today confirmed two more significant international conferences will take place in Dublin contributing approximately €7.7m to the Irish economy. The Conference of the Cognitive Society has confirmed it will host its 2017 event in Dublin and the Renaissance Society of America will bring their conference to the Convention Centre Dublin in 2021. This news comes as more than 100 Irish businesses prepare to bid for up to €230m in business at the Meet in Ireland 2015 Workshop which is being held in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place tomorrow (22nd October 2015).
New Conference Wins
The Cognitive Science Society will hold their 2017 conference in the RDS Dublin which they expect will deliver 1,500 overseas delegates to Ireland, an increase on the 1,300 delegates which attended their 2013 conference in Berlin.
Having beaten stiff competition from Madrid, Dublin will also host the Renaissance Society of America Conference in 2021, with the event due to attract 4,000 delegates.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said:
“The ability of Fáilte Ireland to compete and win international conferences such as these adds significantly to the number of tourists we welcome to Ireland and also the amount of tourism revenue generated. Business tourism is a very valuable part of our tourism product and the fact that those who come here on business very often extend their stay makes it an even more important sector.
“Fáilte Ireland has secured and supported a total of 251 business tourism events for 2015 and beyond through their Meetings, Incentive and Corporate Event (MICE) supports programme. This is worth in excess of €175m to the local economy. I am delighted with today’s announcement and look forward to welcoming more conferences to our shores in the coming years.”
Speaking about the wins Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism for Fáilte Ireland emphasised –
“Winning significant international conferences such as these are a true testament to the capability of Ireland as a conferencing destination. These additions to Dublin’s conference calendar are just two events our Business Tourism Unit have in the pipeline. Our Meet in Ireland team is working with a number of organisations and individuals, through our Conference Ambassador Programme, to secure even more future business for Ireland.”
Meet in Ireland 2015
These international conference wins come as 111 key international buyers specialising in the areas of corporate and incentive travel arrive in Dublin to attend Meet in Ireland 2015 – a five day programme bringing top international meeting planners face to face with Irish businesses to scope out future opportunities for corporate meetings and incentive travel.
The main focus will be a business to business workshop tomorrow (Thursday 22nd October) which will facilitate over 3,000 meetings between 100 members of the Irish business tourism trade and 111 international meeting planners. These planners represent up to €230 million worth of potential business tourism events that Ireland can pitch for, and include representatives from 12 countries including, the US and Canada, Great Britain, Mainland Europe as well as India.
In addition to the main workshop event, buyers will take part in an interactive ‘Meet the City’ Treasure Hunt a Gala dinner in Christ Church Cathedral and a number of site visits have been organised on Friday to ensure this important group of meeting planners get a good taste for what Ireland can offer as a business destination. Site visits in Dublin of include Dublin’s Convention Centre, The RDS, Aviva Stadium and the newly opened Teelings Distillery.
Speaking ahead of the workshop, Ms Kennedy continued –
“Events such as Meet in Ireland 2015 give us the unique opportunity to showcase Ireland as a business destination and we hope to persuade the top international meeting planners in this sector to bring their meetings and incentive visits to these shores in the near future.
“Business tourism is a highly competitive game, with a lucrative return which is why Fáilte Ireland is so committed to supporting Irish businesses to attract as many overseas visitors to our shores as possible. We have pulled out all the stops this week to ensure that the visiting buyers have an unforgettable experience and we are hopeful that this will translate into solid visitor numbers and increased revenue next year and into the future.”
Business tourism plays a big part in Ireland’s tourism sector – currently valued at €581million to our local economy, it supports 20,000 jobs across the country.
Aside from the Dublin workshop, the international meeting planners head off on an action packed few days along our Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal touring route in the world and discover Ireland Ancient East where they will be kayaking, cycling, cooking, hiking and experiencing the very best of our business tourism product.
The Meet in Ireland 2015 Dublin Programme was co-ordinated with the support of the Irish Tour Operators Association (ITOA). This is just one of a number of initiatives being run by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. – See more at: http://www.failteireland.ie/Footer/Media-Centre/%E2%82%AC7-million-Boost-for-Dublin-as-Two-More-Internatio.aspx#sthash.4oXFZuWP.dpuf