We have been delighted to see that so many of our CCB members have been able to innovate and adapt in this new meeting landscape. One such example is the adaptive solutions currently being offered by Team Build, Cork’s leading training and team building company.

 

Online Options:

Team Build has been busy reinventing the wheel, the “team building and events” wheel that is. They have always prided themselves on the quality of in-person events they run but once they realised that their corporate customer’s need for morale boosting, team building events that bring their remote working colleagues together in a fun, challenging and diverting way was greater than ever, they were determined to find a way to meet their new needs.  With the help of apps and html platforms  they spent lockdown writing and developing a suite of Virtual Events that could solve their customers needs in a whole new way. They have launched some totally new events like Da Vinci Trail, Down To The Wire and Virtual Treasure Hunts, plus they have adapted and reconfigured some of their most popular events to be run online.

The feedback they have gotten has been great so far and they are delighted to have be able to play their part in aiding their customers in terms of team integration, boosting morale and staying sane by having a bit of craic during these strange and testing times.

“Thank you. We were delighted with the engagement across our hotels, such a fun hour for us all to be connected.” TRIGON

“Excellent. Some parts difficult but very entertaining. Not sure who ye got to spend hours on Google maps but well played!!” GILEAD

 

You can find more information here: https://teambuild.ie/team-building/virtual/

 

Outdoor Options:

Likewise as lockdown eased Team Build realised that their customers were desperate for fun activities they could do together as a family or group of friends out in the fresh air. In collaboration with Fota House & Gardens they have adapted their Laser Clay Shooting and Archery activities and lessons so they can be run safely, following all guidelines and in a socially distanced way that offers family, friends and colleagues the opportunity to do something fun together in-person whilst also learning a new skill. The feedback has been great and they are delighted to be heading back to Fota House & Gardens on Sat 25th & Sun 26th July.

They are hugely grateful to their Local Enterprise Office and Trading Online Voucher scheme which has allowed them to update their website so that it is now super easy for customers to book their archery and laser clay shooting slots in advance and ensure that their contact with people outside their pod/family is kept to an absolute minimum. In terms of other solutions they can offer going forward, they are delighted to say that now this outdoor event model had been proven it has given them and their potential customers the confidence that it can be run efficiently, safely, and be of huge benefit to customers.  Team Build is now be in a position to offer outdoor events at other locations and for corporate/ conference clients going forward.

 

You can find more information here: https://teambuild.ie/events/

Event: Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC)

Location: University College Cork

Date: 16th – 20th June 2019

Delegates: 800

Conference Value: €1,280,000

In 2019, Cork hosted The Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC), which was the largest scientific conference ever held in Cork, with 800 international delegates attending 70 talks over 4 days on the UCC campus. Which equates to a total value of over €1.2 million for the local economy.

The 2019 WESC was the first time this biennial conference had taken place outside mainland Europe and it also managed to more than double the number of delegates by restructuring the conference, broadening its themes, and tapping into strong academic networks across Europe. The ground-breaking research being carried out by UCC and Ireland as a destination were also huge selling points for the international delegates.

 

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Cian Desmond said:

“WESC 2019 stands out as a landmark conference in the wind energy science world. I feel that a large part of this success was down to Cork as a destination. The quality of venues, the welcome and the craic live long in the memories of all delegates.”

 

Event: Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) Convention

Location: Cork City Hall

Date: 5th – 7th October 2018

Delegates: 658

Conference Value: €1,052,800

In 2018, IABS was held in Cork for the 3rd successive year bringing visitors from all around the globe to see performances in Cork City Hall.

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Liz Nolan said:

“Cork is a naturally friendly city, so, orchestrating an International Event here is an enriching experience for organisers and participants. As an Ambassador for Cork you feel part of a larger supportive team who are always there to advise and support you. The Cork Convention Bureau has, been ‘my rock’ on such occasions.”

 

Event: 58th European Regional Science Association Congress

Location: University College Cork

Date: 28th – 31st August 2018

Delegates: 750

Conference Value: €1,200,000

In 2018, the 58th ERSA Congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and liveable Regions” took place in Cork Ireland.

The Congress was co-organised with the Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section and took place at the University College Cork. The British and Irish Section has organised European Congresses on several previous occasions: Liverpool (2008), Dublin (1999), Cambridge (1989) and London (1979).

 

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Declan Jordan said:

“Organising a conference is a great way to build international networks and in Cork we have great facilities, memorable social events, and supports to maximise the impact for delegates, organisers, and the city itself.”

 

Event: The European Grassland Federation (EGF) 2018 General Meeting

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel

Date: 17th – 21st June 2018

Delegates: 450

Conference Value: €720,000

In 2018, the EGF was hosted by Teagasc in Cork Ireland. This was the 27th General meeting and offered delegates first hand opportunities to see and experience dairy, beef and sheep production from grassland. Ruminant agriculture in Ireland is a major contributor to the Irish economy and is strongly export based. Irish agriculture prides itself on its green image from high quality produce originating from grazed pasture. The event had a mix of master classes, visits to farms and to the Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre along with many conference papers.

 

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Deirdre Hennessy said:

“Cork is an ideal location to host a conference with great conference facilities, an excellent range of accommodation for delegates, great food and an excellent cultural experience.”

 

 

Event: UNESCO 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities 2017

Location: Cork City Hall

Date: 18th – 20th September 2017

Delegates: 700

Conference Value: €1,120,000

In 2017 Cork was chosen by UNESCO as the location to host its International Conference on Learning Cities – the first time this prestigious conference has been held in Europe. Securing this conference for Cork will further enhance Ireland’s reputation internationally in the field of education and also strengthens Cork’s reputation as a Learning City.

Cork’s reputation as a city of lifelong learning is given international recognition in hosting this global event. Securing the conference was a competitive process, and key determining factors in Cork’s winning bid were its long standing record in developing education within the wider community and the success of its annual Lifelong Learning Festival.

This conference brought approximately 700 delegates from over 95 countries to Cork (including Ministers, mayors, representatives of national governments and cities and other key international decision-makers and influencers) to share knowledge and experiences in building inclusive and sustainable learning cities. The reputational benefits to Ireland of hosting the UNESCO conference will not only support efforts to recruit international students, but can also help attract and retain the skilled workers needed to support continued economic growth.

Event: NeuroGASTRO 2017

Location:University College Cork

Date: 24th – 26th August 2017

Delegates: 470

Conference Value: €752,000

In 2017 APC Microbiome Ireland hosted a festival of neurogastroenterology in University College Cork, culminating with NeuroGASTRO 2017 (August 24-26th), the flagship conference of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. This saw an influx of over 470 delegates from all across Europe and indeed worldwide to Cork City and provided an important forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research in the company of leading investigators in the field of neurogastroenterology.

The NeuroGASTRO 2017 meeting, is a well-established European event that brings together leading experts in this field, this was secured by the local organisers and investigators in the APC Microbiome Ireland, Dr Niall Hyland and Dr Gerard Clarke, who brought the conference to Ireland for the first time. The meeting included a sparkling programme of the latest research in neurogastroenterology and motility discussed in over 60 oral and 200 poster presentations across the 3 days of the meeting.

 

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Hyland said:

“We appreciate the great support at all stages along the way in securing this prestigious conference, from the bid stage to delivery and that includes the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, UCC Conferencing, Cork Convention Bureau, Failte Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland who have generously sponsored the meeting.

The support from the Cork Convention Bureau was crucial in ensuring the success of NeuroGASTRO 2017 at every stage of the process, from bid stage to successfully hosting the event in Cork. The global recognition of APC Microbiome Ireland at UCC and Cork as a global hub for microbiome research was fundamental in attracting NeuroGASTRO to the city, coupled with the culture and accessibility of Cork.”

 

On the legacy of the conference, Dr. Clarke added:

“When we meet NeuroGASTRO 2017 delegates on our own travels, it is clear that what made the conference most memorable was the unique experiences and hospitality that only Cork offers, and the warmth of the welcome they received.”

 

Highlights of the NeuroGASTRO meeting itself included plenary lectures from prominent local research stars such as Prof John F Cryan as well as leading international experts Prof Jan Tack (Rome Foundation and University Hospital KU Leuven) and Dr Kirsteen Browning (Penn State University). This is in addition to a satellite event organised by Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, the NeuroGASTRO TANDEM meeting, which was designed to foster the European collaboration of basic and clinical scientists and practitioners in neurogastroenterology from Europe.

More information can be found through this link: https://apc.ucc.ie/apc-hosts-festival-neurogastroenterology/

And for videos from the conference click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3quGfTH4UXzdMVAA1gV009M9T2SESJ_9 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual Visit Cork Industry Day 2020 on 12th February, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island. As we shared our achievements from 2019 and our plans for 2020 in both Leisure Tourism (Pure Cork) and Business Tourism (Cork Convention Bureau), along with our partners in Fáilte Ireland who showcased their new ‘Keep Discovering’ campaign, which will be a roadmap to delivering growth in the domestic short break market to 2023.

Other talks on the day included Eoin Kennedy (Update Digital) on how to take advantage of social media for both MICE and leisure tourism, Sam Johnston (Manager Regional Convention Bureaux of Ireland) on Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Plans and Arthur McGauran speaking about the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

Some of the achievements from Visit Cork we shared on the day include:

Take a look through our photos from #CorkTourismDay20

From left: Jeremy Murray, Evelyn O’Sullivan, Seamus Heaney and Anne Cahill (Visit Cork) at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Jeremy Murray, Evelyn O’Sullivan, Seamus Heaney and Anne Cahill (Visit Cork) at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Ray Kelleher, Trigon Hotels; Jamie Cuthbert; Sharon Conroy, Cork Co. Council; Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork; Finola Twomey, Fota Collection and Fergal Harte, Gen. Mnrg at the Kingsley Hotel at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Seamus Heaney (right), Head of Visit Cork with Philip Gillivan, president Cork Business Association at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Jeremy Murray, Anne Cahill, Seamus Heaney (Head of Visit Cork) and Evelyn O’Sullivan (Manager of Cork Convention Bureau) at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Evelyn O’Sullivan (Manager of Cork Convention Bureau) left with Josephine O’Driscoll, (Manager of Wild Atlantic Way, Fáilte Ireland) at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Ashlinn Keane (left), Mardyke Entertainment Complex; Gerard O’Mahony, Chairman of Visit Cork and Tara Lyng, Dwyers, Washington Street at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Gerard O’Mahoney, Chairman of Visit Cork (left) with Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Margaret O’Regan (left) and Elena Canty, both of Event Plan at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Roisín FitzGerald (left) Fota Wildlife Park with Elga Ryan, SECAD at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Rose Green (left) and Gemma Flanagan, both Fáilte Ireland at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Ursula Ramsell (left), Tourism Department, Cork City Council with Elena Canty, Event Plan at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Joleen Cronin (photographer), Raymond Kelleher, Trigon Hotels, Sandra Murphy, Trigon Hotels and Zuzana Brosnan, Montenotte Hotel at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau). Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Finola Twomey, Fota Collection; Phillippa Deane, Clonakilty Blackpudding and Michelle Donovan, Fáilte Ireland at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Roisín Flynn (left), Imperial Hotel with Sonia Cribbin, Fota Ireland Resort at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Hal McElroy of The Trident Hotel with Marie Healy, Fáilte Ireland at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Stephen Hackett, Irish Rail and Fionoa Connolly, Bus Eireann at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Eoin Kennedy (left), UpDate Digital with Jeremy Murray of the Cork Convention Bureau at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

From left: Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel, Kinsale; Dafydd Lewis and Colin Barrett, Carrigaline Court Hotel and Neil Grant, Irish Hotels Federation at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Gerard O’Mahony Chairman of Visit Cork speaking at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Gerard O’Mahony Chairman of Visit Cork speaking at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed

 

Gerard O’Mahony Chairman of Visit Cork speaking at the Visit Cork Industry Day at the Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island. Over 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork attended the event which gave an overview of Visit Cork’s achievements to date and announced future plans for the promotion of Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  Pic: Brian Lougheed