Fáilte Ireland confirm good business so far in 2016...
Four brand new conferences are coming to Dublin, bringing close to €5 million in revenue to the capital.
Fáilte Ireland made the announcement today, with the World Institute of Pain, the European Cities Marketing TIC Expert Meeting, the Junior Chambers International European Presidents Meeting and the World Congress of Psycho Oncology making up the eclectic group of international events secured for Dublin in the first two months of 2016.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe (pictured) welcomed the news, saying:
"I am delighted with the news that Dublin continues to attract high profile lucrative conferences to these shores. Business tourism is a very valuable part of our overall tourism product and performs well year on year. The fact that those who come here on business more often than not choose to stay on for pleasure makes it even more important".
The tourism authority laid out their plans for the year ahead at an annual briefing in the Conference Centre Dublin last week. Business amounting to more than €138 million is confirmed thus far, with €52.5m to follow.
Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism with Fáilte Ireland, said:
"Last year was a record year for the area of business tourism but our aim is for 2016 to be even more ambitious with growth of 12% targeted. Business tourism is a highly competitive game with a valuable return but we, in Fáilte Ireland, are fully committed to ensuring we secure a large piece of the pie".