Four international conferences will be held in Dublin over the next couple of years, thanks to Failte Ireland's Conference Ambassador Programme.
The programme, under the 'Meet in Ireland' brand, is designed to give financial and practical support to individuals considering Ireland as a destination for their association meeting.
Today it announced that four conferences have been secured through this scheme, meaning 1,400 delegates will visit Dublin with a value of over €2 million to the Irish economy.
Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohue expressed the importance of such wins, highlighting the appeal of attracting business travellers.
“The conference delegate is a very important – and lucrative – piece of the tourism jigsaw. The average business traveller tends to spend two or three times as much as a leisure tourist," explained the Minister, adding that many may come back to Dublin for pleasure if the trip is successful.
Failte Ireland's Business Tourism Team today targeted a revenue increase of eight per cent for 2015, up to €61.5 million. Currently 218 international conferences are being bid on by the team, with a potential value of €302 million.
Four further wins are expected to be announced soon. The conferences announced today are as follows:
CERME (Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education) which will hold its tenth Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 10) in Dublin in February 2017; International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium Symposium which has been confirmed to meet at in Malahide in June, 2016; The IATA Aviation Security conference is now confirmed for October 2015, being held in The Convention Centre, Dublin; General Meeting of the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) will take place in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin in June 2015.