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    Fáilte Ireland recruits academics to bring international conferences to Kerry

    Fáilte Ireland recruits academics to bring international conferences to Kerry

    Fáilte Ireland and the Kerry Convention Bureau have joined forces to recruit academics and thought leaders in the region to bring more international conferences to the area.


    Experts in the fields of food science, education, economics, accessibility and sports from local organisations and educational institutions, including Institute of Technology Tralee and Inisfallen Training and Development, were given a special briefing in Muckross Park Hotel & Spa on how they can help to bring more major international events and conferences to Ireland through Fáilte Ireland’s Conference Ambassador Programme – a unique initiative which supports individuals and experts who want to host a conference in Ireland.

    Over 75 per cent of all international association conferences which come to Ireland do so at the direct invitation of a local Irish member or host, something Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland team maximises through this programme. This Conference Ambassador recruitment event in Kerry alone has the potential to bring almost 2,000 delegates to the area, worth an estimated value of €3.1m.

    Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Commercial Development, Paul Mockler, said:
    “We have great Conference Ambassadors for the Kerry region who have secured excellent conferences in their area of expertise. Conferences like these are not only lucrative in terms of generating significant revenue for the region, they also leave a lasting legacy with regard to being recognised as a centre of innovation and excellence in these fields. At Fáilte Ireland, we are always looking to recruit expert Conference Ambassadors to help bring future business like this to Ireland.”

    Becky Hargrove at Kerry Convention Bureau said:
    “Kerry Convention Bureau are delighted to be partnering with Meet in Ireland to host this event and increase awareness of the Meet in Ireland Conference Ambassador Program. Working with the Meet in Ireland team and within our own networks, we have identified Kerry based individuals who are members of international associations or organisations and have the potential to bring a conference or event to the region. We look forward to engaging with these Ambassadors over the course of what promises to be a wonderful evening and to working closely with them going forward to successfully secure events for the region.”

    To find out more about the Conference Ambassador Programme, visit: https://www.meetinireland.com/conferences/ambassador-programme

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