29 September 2016
By Bryan Smyth
Business Tourism Trade Fair Supported by Fáilte Ireland
Cork tourism trade took centre stage at the inaugural Connect16 – Ireland’s largest ever showcase for the meetings and events sector which was held in the RDS, Dublin on Wednesday (28th September). Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney took time out of his busy schedule to drop in to the RDS to meet with a number of Cork providers also.
As a title sponsor of Connect16, Fáilte Ireland used the opportunity of bringing 70 top international meeting planners, worth over €210 million annually to Ireland, into the country to highlight Ireland’s best visitor assets through a number of pre-event familiarisation trips and set up appointments to meet with the Cork trade at Connect16.
Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism with Fáilte Ireland commented:
“Fáilte Ireland is delighted to have been a headline sponsor for the inaugural Connect16 showcase which this week brought together the entire Meetings Incentives and Conferences industry, including a number of Cork trade for the first time under one roof. I think it speaks volumes about the strength of infrastructure and resources which Ireland currently deploys in the business tourism sector that we can now confidently hold such a gathering.
“We will be working with all our partners in the sector to sustain this growth and deliver greater numbers into the regions in 2017 and beyond.”