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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Conference boost for city with €11m windfall

FORGET the economic hit from five cancelled Garth Brooks' concerts - four upcoming conferences are set to bring in €11m for Dublin.

Already this year Failte Ireland's Dublin Convention Bureau has secured 40 conferences worth almost €30 million for Dublin.

Concerns that our reputation was damaged abroad after the recent cancelled Croke Park concerts debacle have been eased somewhat by the announcement that the capital will host four major conferences.

In 2016 the RDS will host an international coffee industry event with 4,000 delegates attending.

World of Coffee will see those in the business jetting into Dublin to spend their hard-earned beans in the city's hotels and restaurants.

Another large-scale meeting will take place next year when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers comes to town.

The conference is for those who work to keep the internet safe for users and 2,300 people will touch down in Dublin for the event.

delegates

In September, the IBTTA (International Bridge, Tunnel and 
Turnpike Association) are 
coming to the Hilton by Doubletree in Ballsbridge where 800 delegates are expected to 
attend

And the British Elbow and Shoulder Society have been secured for June 2016 - which will bring 750 doctors and surgeons for their annual meeting

Business tourism is growing year on year and a business delegate visiting the capital 
is said to be worth twice as much than the average holidaymaker.

Bord Failte report that a delegate attending a work-related conference in the capital will spend around €1,400.

The agency is keen to capitalise on our ability to draw organisations from around the world to Dublin.

"The news of another 
great revenue boost for Dublin clearly shows that our work to pitch Ireland as the ideal business destination is paying dividends," Shaun Quinn, CEO of Bord Failte said.

Last year Dublin hosted 84,000 delegates and business tourism jumped by 9pc.

The average global conference here is three days long, giving visitors plenty of time to explore the city.

Most travellers come here from Europe.

The International Congress and Conventions Associations recently ranked Dublin at 13th in the world for hosting corporate events.

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