Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has announced that two major international conferences will see approximately €8 million invested in the Irish economy.
Speaking with Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau, the Minister confirmed Dublin’s hosting of conferences held by the Cognitive Science Society in 2017, and also the Renaissance Society of America, which will be hosted at Dublin’s Convention Centre in 2021.
The Minister 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.”
Minister Donohoe continued, “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.”
The Cognitive Science Society’s conference will see 1,500 of their delegates come to Ireland in 2017, an increase on the 1,300 who attended their last conference in Berlin in 2013.
Dublin beat off competition from Madrid to win the right to host the Renaissance Society of America’s conference in 2021, one which will bring 4,000 visitors to Ireland.
Speaking of Fáilte Ireland’s contribution to the economy in 2015, Minister Donohoe said, “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.”
The Minister also expressed his delight at the €175 million injected into the Irish economy as a result of the aforementioned events.
Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism at Fáilte Ireland, spoke optimistically of Ireland’s hosting of the two conferences, saying, “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.”