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." 

More:

Dublin's CCD to make 'significant infrastructure investment' off back of association wins

C&IT Awards 2015 winners: International Conference or Congress of the Year

Visit C&IT's Ireland Destination Guide here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

Wellness expert John Ayo shares his health tips to make sure you and your event don't have to suffer.

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

Panel of experts at Cvent Connect examine what will affect in-house event professionals most during the next three years.

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Total marketing budgets fell in the third-quarter amid economic and political uncertainty, but outlook for 2020 is positive.

Event agency wins Best Business award

Event agency wins Best Business award

Sleek Events hailed as 'outstanding with year-on-year growth' by Best Business Women Awards.

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Light Fantastic produced the two-day showcase featuring immersive experiences, hackathons and talks.

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

Agency brings in new staff to strengthen its creative team for live experiences, communications, interactive and immersive content.

Why flexible working is vital for parents in events

Why flexible working is vital for parents in events

Modern approaches to work are good for staff wellbeing and business goals, says The Creative Engagement Group's Russ Lidstone.

What are the pros and cons of helicopter travel?

What are the pros and cons of helicopter travel?

A helicopter can help to solve many logistical issues and clients often love them - but keep an eye on the weather.

World Congress of Optometry 2021 set for Melbourne

World Congress of Optometry 2021 set for Melbourne

Eye health professionals bound for Australia to share global knowledge, experience and practices.

Planners reveal the types of food most wasted at events

Planners reveal the types of food most wasted at events

Almost a third of industry professionals admit to wasting a significant amount of food at events, new research reveals.

LATEST JOBS