Web Summit wars: Here's how some of the Failte Ireland, IDA and Enterprise Ireland €871,000 fees break down
As the war of words between the Web Summit and the Government escalates ahead of the event leaving these shores for Lisbon in 2016, here's how some of the €871,000 fees/sponsorship from Government agencies break down.
2014: hosting media organisations for the Web Summit, flights and accommodation included: €13,715.68
2013: Lighting of Trinity College during Web Summit: €48,985 ex VAT
2013: Pre-promotion media event for International media – flights, accommodation, etc: €4,065
IDA Ireland sponsorship
2012: €80,000 ex VAT
2013: €140,000 ex VAT
2014: €100,000 ex VAT
"Our networking event in the National Museum (2014) which had over 200 clients and potential investors present. We also had a press announcement with national and international media in the building to coincide with the event.”
(The following figures are ex VAT)
Client breakfasts for three days of 2014 event: €4,785
VIP client event, museum hire: €2,000
Exhibition stands at Web Summit: €3,000
Enterprise Ireland - participation fees and other related costs
Other costs including travel and accommodation for overseas buyers, investors and media were €88,430 in 2014.
The figures are from a Freedom of Information request submitted to Government agencies earlier this year by Damien Muley, technology consultant from Cork-based Mulley Communications, who also organises the Web Awards and Social Media Awards here.