Destination Guide: Ireland

C&IT's sponsored guide to Ireland will help you find the most exciting destinations, hotels, venues, restaurants and convention centres when planning your next event.

Discover Ireland


About Ireland

Voted No.1 Overseas Destination in the 2009 C&IT Corporate Survey, Ireland really does mean business. From a brand new convention centre to state-of-the-art meeting rooms, Ireland offers it all in compact cities like Dublin and Belfast boasting easy transfer times. With a 'can do' attitude, impressive service levels and a more competitive approach, this is a great time to see what value Ireland can add to your next event. Also named "Friendliest Destination in the World" by Lonely Planet 2008, Ireland is sure to bring an easy and enjoyable experience for both the event organisers and delegates.

With over 100 air routes flying from 29 regional airports and less than an hour away, the island of Ireland has unrivalled access from GB. Getting around Ireland is easy. There are plenty of options from yachts and horse drawn carriages to vintage cars and luxurious executive coaches. For lists of suppliers visit

From breathtaking castles and hip hotels to purpose built centres like the new Convention Centre Dublin, which opened in September 2010 - Ireland has everything an event organiser could want.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our DMCs and have an extensive list available of professionals ready and waiting to assist you. They are highly qualified to customise programmes to your client's every need and whim. The industry is also supported by our regional convention bureaux, who are always eager to assist with any enquiries and requests. Find our full list of over 30 DMCs and 6 Regional Convention Bureaux on

For more information on holding your next event in Ireland, please visit or  contact:

Kate Crossman / Suzanne Morris
Business Tourism Unit,
Tourism Ireland,

 +44 (0)20 7518 0800
+44 (0)20 7493 9065

Key Facts


The population of the island is approx. 6 million with over 4.3 million living in the Republic of Ireland and 1.7 million in Northern Ireland. The island of Ireland is 304 miles long and 172 miles wide. Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland.


English is the official language, with Irish (Gaelic) also used in the Republic of Ireland.


Easy access from the UK with over 100 flights daily from 29 British Airports.

Time zone

Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the same as the UK.


Whilst UK citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, most carriers by air or sea require some form of photographic identity (ID), usually either a passport or driving licence.


In Northern Ireland the currency is sterling (£). In Republic of Ireland the currency is the Euro (€). UK delegates can reclaim VAT on accommodation for international meetings (Republic of Ireland only).

Key venues

Purpose built conference centres include Convention Centre Dublin, Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre, King's Hall Belfast , Citywest Conference Centre West Dublin (IECC) and INEC Conventions Killarney. There are 60,000 hotel rooms.

Incentive options

Countless social / team building / outdoor activity options with breathtaking scenery and dramatic coastlines as a backdrop including gala dinners in historic Irish castles, world class golf courses, spectacular walks and horse or bike rides , not to forget the traditional Irish music and dancing and of course the unique Irish "Craic!"

Contact Ireland


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7518 0800

Ireland News

Ireland Features

How Visa Payments Forum Europe was a C&IT Award winner for Live Union

How Visa Payments Forum Europe was a C&IT Award winner for Live Union

The forum for 900 people at the Convention Centre Dublin was named Finance & Professional Services Event of the Year.

Northern Irish treasures: The best hotels, venues and activities

Northern Irish treasures: The best hotels, venues and activities

From bustling Belfast to the rugged shores of Ballintoy, Northern Ireland is full of iconic delights.

6 of the best hotels in Ireland

6 of the best hotels in Ireland

A collection of Irish hotels for event planners to consider, from Adare Manor to Dromoland Castle.

Hotel review: Adare Manor, Limerick

Hotel review: Adare Manor, Limerick

The recently transformed 19th-century castle hotel is one of Ireland's leading five-star properties.

5 of the best... brewery tours

5 of the best... brewery tours

Our pick of beer and cider-makers, from Cornwall to Edinburgh, who offer tours and have private event space.