Cork Conference Ambassador Awards 2014
05 December, 2014
Sonia O Sullivan and 30 Cork individuals were honoured at the Cork Convention Bureau’s inaugural #CorkNeedsYou Cork Conference Ambassadors Awards Evening on Thursday 4th December in the Maryborough Hotel.
The honorees picked up awards on the evening for bringing an international conference or event to the region over the past number of years and driving business tourism in Cork. Special recognition was given in four separate categories.
The Association Award went to Pat Farnan, a retired Harbour Master who brought the Harbour Masters’ Conference to Cork in 2012 attracting 300 other Harbour Masters from around the globe.
The Academic Award went to Dr. Mary Murphy, Department of Government UCC, who brought the University Association for Contemporary European Studies Conference (UACES) to Cork in September this year with the largest delegate participation ever for this conference at 470 attendees.
Corporate Meeting Award
The Corporate Meeting category winner was Trend Micro, who brought the Global Sales Leaders Executive Event to Cork in 2013 attracting 180 of their international colleagues.
Special Interest Award
The Special Interest Award went to Phil O’Hare from Cork City Fire Dept. who hosted the World Rescue Organisation Event in 2010 with 450 fire officers attending from across the globe.
Commenting, Seamus Heaney, Chairman and founder of Cork Convention Bureau, said, “Cork Convention Bureau is delighted to award these individuals, who have generated almost €10 million euro worth of revenue for the region between them. Each delegate attracted to Cork is estimated to be worth €1,400 to the local economy, which has a huge financial knock on for local businesses – for Cork hotels, restaurants, taxis, retailers, tourist attractions and so on”.
“We also hope to inspire other industry leaders and those involved in international associations to use their connections and work with Cork Convention Bureau to bring an event to Cork venues. They say that everyone has a good book in them, but I believe that everyone has a good international event or conference in them… whether you are in an industry like technology, food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, tourism, or education, whether you are part of an historical society, sports or cultural organisation, artistic or hobby group with international links, or whether you are joined an association that hosts events in different countries every year.”
“We have worked with all types of individuals from industry leaders, to cattle breeders, to flower arrangers. The Cork Convention Bureau helps people to bid for, win and organize these events, but we can’t do it without people’s connections. We need you, Cork Needs You.”
“We were also delighted to honour Sonia O Sullivan, who is an ambassador for Ireland and Cork every day of her life. She speaks proudly of our city every chance she gets, to a worldwide audience.”
The prestigious black tie event was hosted by George Hook, and many high profile guests attended on the evening, including The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mary Shields, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Michael Hegarty, Patricia McColgan Abbey Conferences representing the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO), Paul Keeley Director Fáilte Ireland and Dr. Kieran Drain CEO Tyndall National Institute.
A raffle was held on the evening raising over €1700 for Marymount Hospice, special thanks to our prize sponsors on the evening:
- Maryborough Hotel & Spa
- Castlemartyr Resort
- Fitzgerald's Vienna Woods Hotel
- Irish Hotel Federation Cork
- The Fota Collection
- The Talbot Collection
- The Savoy Hotel, Limerick
- Jameson Whiskey
Cork Convention Bureau is a public private partnership that promotes the Cork region as a destination for international meeting, events and conferences in Ireland. Established in 2007, the organisation has gone from strength to strength securing over €8 million in business tourism annually. Stakeholders are made up of representatives from Cork City & County Council, Irish Hotel Federation, Fáilte Ireland, Cork Airport & Cork Chamber.