Published on : Monday, June 10, 2019
The board selected Failte Ireland’s ‘Meet in Ireland’ bid for a comprehensive, wide ranging submission that plays on the narrative of Dublin as a village which offers an intimate, motivational experience on the backdrop of world-class hotels and venues having global access. It went through a competitive RFP process with seven interested destinations.
Commenting on the Board’s selection, Philip Eidsvold, CIS, CITP, President, SITE 2019 and VP Strategic Alliances, One10 said that they had received several strong submissions to host Global Conference in 2021 but Meet in Ireland’s proposal was distinguished by a combination of powerful logistical considerations such as Dublin’s remarkable accessibility and a true sense of partnership with the entire destination working together as a single unit in support of the bid.
Ciara Gallagher, CIS, Manager at Fáilte Ireland and lead for the Meet in Ireland submission was delighted to welcome SITE back to Ireland. She said that there has always been a close relationship between Ireland and SITE going right back to the Society’s foundation in 1973 when Anne Wold Graham, an employee at the Irish Tourist Board in New York, became SITE’s first president. This was a true pan-destination submission and their entire local team was looking forward to co-create with SITE a truly unique Global Conference with Dublin as the village.
Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP, CEO of SITE mentioned that SITE Ireland has become our biggest chapter outside of North America with over 120 members. With established chapters in nearby Scotland and Great Britain, resurgent chapters in Germany, Benelux, Spain and Italy and other new European chapters coming on line soon they were looking forward to a Global Conference in Dublin in February 2021 with a distinctive European flavour and feel.
Between 24-27 January 2020, the SITE Global Conference 2020 will take place in Vancouver, Canada.