Published on : Monday, February 11, 2019
At present, Business Tourism is worth €760 million to the Irish economy and supports over 22,000 jobs.
Fáilte Ireland is working closely in developing the sector in the coming six years to bring the total worth of business tourism to the Irish economy over the €1 billion mark.
Every business delegate is worth €1,600 in the region, which is over three times the average leisure tourist.
The National Tourism Development Authority has recognized Business Tourism as a priority sector as it supports businesses to prepare for Brexit. It will aim on developing business tourism in the regions outside Dublin by supporting Regional Convention Bureaux in Shannon, Cork, Kerry and Galway.
Fáilte Ireland is all set to win conferences worth €31m for locations outside Dublin in 2019, a 15% rise on last year.
In January, some of the conferences secured by Fáilte Ireland include a major CrossFit competition, the Union of Aerospace Insurers, the World Ballroom Championships and the Third Global Soil Biodiversity Conference.
To quote Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly, “There is significant potential for future growth in the Business Tourism space. 2019 is off to a strong start and we will be actively seeking out every opportunity to secure more business for Ireland.”
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