Thursday 26 April 2018

Tourism: Conferences to boost economy

The economy is set for a €2m boost after Failte Ireland announced successful bids for four international conferences.

The National Tourism Development Authority said it would soon be in a position to announce four more conferences, worth an additional €3m to the economy.

The conferences to be held are the Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium, the International Air Transport Association's Aviation Security Conference, and the general meeting of the Association of National Numbering Agencies.

"The conference delegate is a very important - and lucrative - piece of the tourism jigsaw. The average business traveller tends to spend two or three times as much as a leisure tourist," Failte Ireland ceo Shaun Quinn said.

"This is incredibly important for many of those hotels and venues who cater for such events and generates much needed jobs as well as revenue in the sector. Furthermore, business events can be a great way to win new converts as many conference-goers come to Ireland for the first time ever for work reasons and return again for a holiday."

Failte Ireland said it aims to raise €61.5m in revenue from conferences this year, which if achieved would represent an 8pc jump on last year.

"To date we have recorded 117 conferences taking place in Ireland this year - worth a combined value of €57 million to the Irish economy," Mr Quinn said.

A further 218 conferences are being bidded for, Mr Quinn said.

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