Dublin launches its convention bureau

Three leading figures in the Irish C&I industry have spearheaded the establishment of the Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB). Launched late last month, the DCB is the brainchild of DMC Ovation Group partner and MD Ciaran Hynes, Irish Hotel Federation chief executive John Power and Dublin Tourism chief executive Frank McGee. The DCB will be based in the same office as Dublin Tourism but will operate as a separate entity. Adele Cooper takes up the post as DCB business development director and she will build up a team around her. Hynes said: “The DCB is in the same building as Dublin Tourism so we can benefit from that, despite running as a separate company. We will be very sales-driven and will focus on building up a good database at first.” The DCB expects all kinds of venues, hotels and DMCs to sign up as members, thereby attracting government support. “We don’t have central funding at the moment, but once the bureau has been up and running for a while then they might back it,” added Hynes. Hynes expects the DCB will emulate other successful bureaus such as Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow. “I think until now Dublin was the only European capital city not to have a convention bureau,” he said. He admitted a purpose-built convention centre would propel the DCB into the limelight. “We still need a convention bureau even though we don’t have a convention centre yet. The minister for tourism has committed to a convention centre project within his term of office, which is for the next four years, so that’s a good sign,” said Hynes.

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