A total of 51 national events have been booked to take place in the Irish capital between 2016 and 201, with more than 20,000 international business tourists scheduled to come to Ireland. The events are made up of international conferences, corporate meetings and incentive travel.
Among the recent wins for Dublin are the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) Conference, which will attract 2,000 delegates and take place at the CCD in June 2016, and The Network for the Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives (NATA) Annual Symposium, which will take place in the RDS next year and bring 700 delegates to the country.
Other conferences include the International Air Transport Association (IATA) AGM which is scheduled for June 2016 in the RDS and will bring 1,200 delegates, and the tenth Congress of European Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, which will take place on 26 - 28 October 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, Santry and will cater for 550 delegates.
Fáilte Ireland also announced that it has revamped its Dublin Convention Bureau website, which can now be accessed on multiple devices. New features include a live chat function, a range of planning toolkits and a blog that will focus on key business tourism themes.
Miriam Kennedy, head of Business Tourism with Fáilte Ireland, said: "The average business traveller tends to spend two or three times as much as a holidaymaker, thereby making this sector a lucrative market to target. As well as providing an important revenue source for many hotels and venues in Dublin, and across Ireland who cater for such large events, this activity sustains and grows tourism businesses throughout the year and, particularly outside the summer season.
"While we are already ahead of target for 2015, it is important to us that we do not rest on our laurels but rather we continue to push the envelope making our supports as relevant and as easy to access as possible. With the redevelopment of the Dublin Convention Bureau site we really feel that anyone interested in bringing a conference, meeting or incentive group to Ireland can now access much of what they need at their fingertips."
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