Failte Ireland corporate meetings fund secures conference win for Ireland

A Failte Ireland fund designed to attract more corporate meetings to Ireland has secured its first major win.

A major US insurance company has chosen Dublin and Killarney in Ireland as the locations for its 2015 sales force meeting. With over 2000 delegates staying for seven nights, the event will bring a boost of over €9m to the Irish economy.

The final host city competition was between Dublin, London and Edinburgh with two cities out of the three to be selected. Destination management company Odyssey International, working together with Failte Ireland, added Killarney as a wildcard entry and the decision was eventually made to bring the event to Dublin and Killarney.

Paul Mockler from Failte Ireland said: "Corporate meetings are big business for tourism and represent a real opportunity for Ireland to attract more visitors and importantly more revenue.  The value of the corporate meetings sector is €100 million with each delegate worth €1150 a day to the economy – almost twice that of a leisure visitor."

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