Ireland billion-euro business tourism revenue by 2013

Tourism Ireland shared a billion euro revenue
vision for the government from the
development of the business tourism
sector up to 2013.

Head of business and sports tourism
at Tourism Ireland, David Boyce, told a press conference at EIBTM in Barcelona
that both corporate and association meetings would be the focus for 2010, particularly in
view of the new Dublin convention centre (CCD) coming on stream in the new
year.

CCD international account manager,
Julie O´Sullivan, said there were 30 events already contracted worth 200,000
delegate days to the centre.

The new venue will be able to
accommodate up to 8,000 delegates over 22 meeting rooms and will offer 4,500sqm of exhibition
space.

“It will also be the first carbon
neutral ICC with zero impact on the environment,” according to Boyce.

“We will promote Dublin, Belfast and the
south-west of Ireland as our
three major business tourism hubs across Ireland,” he added, stressing that the
UK was still by far the
strongest country market for Ireland.

Other infrastructure projects coming
on stream include the Aviva Stadium (formerly Landsdowne Road) which reopens in May, and
a new terminal at Dublin airport opening in November
2010.

The Titanic Quarter, Belfast’s city
centre project for 2012, meanwhile, will include major banqueting and
meeting
facilities.

Boyce admitted the recession had,
nevertheless, impacted business in 2009, with a five per cent drop in business
travelers from Britain. The more hardcore conference
and meetings industry, as distinct
from general business travelers, said Boyce, “remains
strong”.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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