Fáilte Ireland targeting 8pc increase in conferences revenue for Dublin to €55m in 2015
Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) is targeting an 8% increase in meetings in Dublin during 2015, with an estimated economic impact of €55m for the city in the year ahead.
The target is being unveiled at a DCB briefing for operators and stakeholders in the conferencing sector at the Guinness Storehouse this morning.
According to Fáilte Ireland, the number of conference delegates brought to the capital by DCB has increased year on year since 2009, with 40,000 delegates worth an estimated €50m attracted to the capital in 2014. This year Dublin has already climbed nine places to take the 13th place in the world rankings of the International Congress and Conference Association and the tourism body said it will be working to ensure the city rises even higher.
“Dublin has a great attraction for international delegates and our own research shows that when an international conference chooses our capital city as a venue, they benefit from a ‘Dublin bounce’ with approximately 10pc more attendees for their event, due to the reputation of the city as a lively venue to attend,” said Paul Keeley, director of business development with Fáilte Ireland. “Next year, our Dublin Convention Bureau has almost 60,000 delegates in its sights and we are confident of delivering extra business and revenue for Dublin.”
There are 91 key events in the pipeline for next year with potential for up to an estimated 58,200 delegates. Looking to the next few years, as far as 2020, the DCB is already following up leads for another 84 large events which, if won, could yield up to 90,000 more visitors.
Up to 130 event organisers, hoteliers, venue owners and other conferencing stakeholders are attending this morning’s briefing
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