Fota Island Resort hosted the AIPCO (Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers) Business Tourism Conference 2023, supported by Fáilte Ireland and SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Ireland, which took place over the course of two days this month, with over 160 delegates leading the Irish business tourism industry that were in attendance.
The theme of the conference was "Reflect & Connect", focusing on what's been learnt in the past year in Irish hospitality and exploring how these lessons can be utilised in 2023 and beyond.
The conference began with a familiarisation trip hosted by Visit Cork, with a welcome reception held at Fota House, where local delicacies and drinks were served. That evening, attendees enjoyed entertainment and a gala dinner at Fota Island Resort, with a keynote address by Paul Kelly, the chief executive of Fáilte Ireland.
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The next morning, AIPCO chair Nicola McGrane began the event with a welcome address. Throughout the day, discussions were held with representatives from Fáilte Ireland, SITE Ireland, ITIC (the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) and industry leaders in business tourism.
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Speaking after the event, Finola Twomey, the group director of revenue, sales and marketing, said, "We were delighted to host the AIPCO Business Tourism Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Cork as an excellent destination for business and it was an honour to host such a high calibre of experts over the two days."
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