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Dublin business tourism sector rallies as Ireland prepares for austerity measures

Dublin Convention Bureau and the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) remain confident of the strength of the C&I market amid Ireland's economic bailout and planned public sector cuts.

Dublin rallies amid economic crisis in Ireland
Dublin rallies amid economic crisis in Ireland

Financial crisis

The Irish government will today (24 November) reveal how it plans to cut spending following this week’s unfolding financial crisis.

Ireland’s prime minister Brian Cowen will unveil the four-year plan at 2pm, showing how the country can make cuts of 15bn euros (£13bn).

CCD confident

Convention Centre Dublin was opened in September by Cowen, and sales director Catherine Newhall-Caiger told C&IT she remained confident of the venue’s success.

A total of 220 events have already been booked at the CCD, with 150 between its opening and Christmas.

"This week’s news will help to restore economic stability to the Irish economy," said Newhall-Caiger. "We haven’t noticed any issues with clients and as Ireland has the strong support of the IMF and the eurozone behind it, it has a great future ahead. Most business people feel that way."

Dublin Convention Bureau "worked twice as hard"

Dublin Convention Bureau reported an increase of 10% in economic revenue generated by international events in 2010, although manager Miriam Kennedy said everyone had "worked twice as hard for every piece of business won".

Kennedy added: "Dublin is well equipped to meet the challenge of 2011 and the DCB is working on a number of initiatives, such as our Conference Ambassador programme, which encourages and assists Dublin-based members of international associations to bring their association conference to Dublin."

Positive message

Work with "new platforms" for Europe in the US such as EIBTM Las Vegas and AIBTM Baltimore in 2011 would help send a positive message to conference organisers, added Kennedy.

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