Dublin wins bid for major optical engineering conference

More than 5,000 overseas delegates will be coming to Dublin to attend ECOC 2019 - The European Conference & Exhibition on Optical Communication, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society and the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge.

The conference is the largest gathering on optical communication in Europe, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in this field worldwide. The 5,000 international delegates will generate activity worth an estimated €7m to the Irish economy.

Welcoming the boost for the city, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sports, Paschal Donohoe said:
"This is another great win for Dublin and the fact that such a large event should choose to come here, underscores the high regard held internationally for the city as an international conferencing destination. I am confident that this is a particular sector of tourism which we can significantly grow further – and that’s good for revenue and jobs in the capital."

Fáilte Ireland, working through the Dublin Convention Bureau and Conference Ambassador Scheme, had bid for the international conference to come to Ireland, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Miriam Kennedy, Fáilte Ireland’s head of business tourism, added: "This is another great win for Ireland and a real vote of confidence for Dublin as a place to do business and network. As well as providing an important revenue source for many hotels and venues in Dublin, and across Ireland who cater for such large events, conferences such as these sustain and grow tourism businesses throughout the year and particularly outside the summer season." 

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