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1,500 to attend largest Gathering event

THE largest corporate Gathering will be hosted by Ernst & Young, when more than 1,500 visitors attend an event later this year.

Attendees from across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa will come to City West, Dublin for the first time for the EMEIA new senior manager and assistant director programme (NSMADP) conference, from November 24 to 26.

Collectively they will occupy approximately 4,000 bed nights and will contribute about €3m to the Irish economy.

This will bring significant additional benefits for the hospitality industry, because a large number of delegates are likely to extend their stay to holiday in Ireland.

Mike McKerr, the managing partner of Ernst & Young Ireland, said that the company has invested significant time and resources in tendering for this event through a very competitive bidding process.

"We faced extremely tough competition from our colleagues in capital cities across other EMEIA locations, but came out on top predominately by pitching Ireland as a premier location to do business, ease of access and for cost competitiveness," he said,

Taoiseach Enda Kenny commended Ernst & Young for the time and energy invested.

"This is really what it's all about – getting involved in the opportunity offered by The Gathering 2013 and looking to the longer-term benefits it can bring to business and tourism in our country," he said.