Galway On International Conventions Map

05 Feb 2018 | 10.31 am

Galway On International Conventions Map

Thumbs up from Failte Ireland for Convention Bureau

05 Feb 2018 | 10.31 am

The Galway Convention Bureau says it has secured just over €9 million of new conference and event business for the city which will deliver over 5,600 international delegates to Galway in events to take place up to 2022.

The Bureau, formerly the voluntary marketing group ‘Meet in Galway’, promotes Galway as a destination for international meetings, conferences and events.

Galway Convention Bureau recently secured Fáilte Ireland status as a convention bureau, which means that it can align with national strategy in regard to attracting international business tourism, create and promote the profile of the region and generate leads for the region and its members.

Conferences planned for 2018 include:

• Euro IX Forum (European Internet Exchange Association), with 150 international delegates
• European Society of Evolutionary Development Biology Conference, with 425 international delegates
• International American Society for Metals, Topical Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies, with 100 international delegates
• European Orthopaedic Research Society, with estimated 500 international delegates

Darragh O’Connor, chairperson, said: “Typically the business visitor is worth up to three times that of the leisure tourist, and meetings tend to take place outside the main summer months. Galway is successfully competing to win international business tourism events and I look forward to announcing even more wins in the near future.”

Failte Ireland’s Paul Mockler commented: “Bringing conferences to the regions is an important part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategy for increasing regionality and lengthening out the season. Achieving convention bureau status is a marvellous achievement.”

Rose Finn was recently appointed manager of Galway Convention Bureau. She was previously Sales and Marketing Manager at the Loughrea Hotel and Spa.

The Bureau’s membership consists of venues, hotels, retailers, transport, restaurants, pubs, activities, attractions and airports.



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