Published on : Monday, July 28, 2014
Dublin’s position as a ‘go-to’ venue for international conferences was further enhanced today as Fáilte Ireland announced the securing of four more conferences for the capital with a potential revenue boost of almost €11 million.
The successful conference bids included:
• World of Coffee, organised by SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) secured for the RDS in June 2016 with 4,000 international delegates
• ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are coming for their annual meeting in October 2015 bringing 2,300 delegates
• IBTTA (International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association) coming to the Hilton by Doubletree in September 2015 with 800 delegates
• British Elbow and Shoulder Society secured for June 2016 bringing 750 delegates for their annual meeting
*Further detail on the associations is included in notes to editor
Today’s announcement underlines the fact that business tourism – including conferencing – in Ireland is going from strength to strength. Worth €579 million a year, the business tourism sector grew 9% in 2013 and supports 19,000 jobs in Ireland. Already this year Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau has secured 40 conferences worth almost €30 million for Dublin with many more in the pipeline.
Emphasising that the winning of conferences such as these event showed that Ireland was positioning itself well to grow the business tourism sector, Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said –
“Today’s news of another great revenue boost for Dublin clearly shows that our work to pitch Ireland as the ideal business destination is paying dividends. Fáilte Ireland intends to build further on this growth, with a particular emphasis on incentive travel as well as a highly focussed and energetic approach to targeting and winning more large-scale international meetings, conferences and events to Ireland.”
These figures were released today by Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism development authority, which works with Irish members of many international associations and societies (through its Conference Ambassador programme amongst other means) to bring international conferences to Ireland. Last year Ireland welcomed 84,000 international association conference delegates. The estimated value of an international association conference delegate at €1,400 is more than twice that of a leisure tourist in 2013.
Source:- Failte Ireland