The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO) will hold its 3rd AIPCO Business Tourism Conference in the Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow, on 27 March 2015.
The conference will focus on how Ireland can remain competitive in the global business tourism market place.
Delegates will be drawn from regional convention bureaux, the hotel industry, venues, restaurants and service areas within the business tourism industry.
Ireland moved up nine places to 13th place in the latest ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) country rankings, and up six places to 11th place in Europe.
The convention business generated €51m for Ireland last year, with 40,000 association delegates coming to the Republic throughout 2014.
AIPCO chair Susan Nolan said Ireland’s conference and events community was “close-knit” and marketed itself as one coherent entity. “When a client sees every stakeholder in the chain working towards what they want, it becomes a powerful tool in securing more business for Ireland.”
The conference will be moderated by Padraic Gilligan, SoolNua Group, and will include plenary sessions with Irish and international speakers, discussion groups and networking opportunities including a Welcome Reception in the Presidential Suite in the Powerscourt Hotel on 26 March. There will also be a Gala Networking Dinner.
“We’ve seen from the previous AIPCO conferences how important it is for everyone in the industry to take stock of what’s been happening in the industry and to have a singular strategy to deal with the future challenges,” said Miriam Kennedy, head of business tourism Ireland and a keynote speaker at AIPCO 2015. “I’m looking forward to those discussions where different sections of the industry begin tackling issues head-on and provide solutions on how we can become a better product.”
Two hundred delegates are expected to attend AIPCO 2015, supported by tourism board FÃ¡ilte Ireland.
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