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Dublin in for E11m conference boost

Monday, July 28 11:00:57

Failte Ireland today announced the securing of four more conferences for the capital with a potential revenue boost of almost E11 million.

The World of Coffee, organised by SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) has been secured for the RDS in June 2016 with 4,000 international delegates.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are coming for their annual meeting in October 2015 bringing 2,300 delegates.

IBTTA (International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association) coming to the Hilton by Doubletree in September 2015 with 800 delegates.

British Elbow and Shoulder Society secured for June 2016 bringing 750 delegates for their annual meeting.

Today's announcement underlines the fact that business tourism - including conferencing - in Ireland is going from strength to strength. Worth E579 million a year, the business tourism sector grew 9pc in 2013 and supports 19,000 jobs in Ireland. Already this year Failte Ireland's Dublin Convention Bureau has secured 40 conferences worth almost E30 million for Dublin with many more in the pipeline.

Emphasising that the winning of conferences such as these showed that Ireland was positioning itself well to grow the business tourism sector, Shaun Quinn, CEO of Failte Ireland said: "Today's news of another great revenue boost for Dublin clearly shows that our work to pitch Ireland as the ideal business destination is paying dividends. Failte Ireland intends to build further on this growth, with a particular emphasis on incentive travel as well as a highly focussed and energetic approach to targeting and winning more large-scale international meetings, conferences and events to Ireland."

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