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#CorkinDublin MICE Showcase

12 February, 2015

Cork Convention Bureau hosted its #CorkInDublin event at Powerscourt Townhouse this week to highlight all that Cork has to offer as a destination for international conferences, meetings and events, and to actively target companies and agencies in Dublin who have the potential to bring such business to Cork.

CorkinDublin EventThe guests that attended are responsible for bringing more than 100,000 international business tourism delegates into Ireland each year and included over 70 Professional Conference Organisers, Destination Management Companies, Event Management Companies and large corporations.  Minister Kathleen Lynch also attended the evening.

Cork Convention Bureau highlighted key new developments in the Cork region, including new conference venues, airline routes and tourism offerings.  The new 6,000 seater Cork Events Centre, which is scheduled to open in 2018, was very much highlighted on the night. A lot of international conferences that previously took place in Dublin are looking for a new Irish venue and the general consensus was that Cork will be ideal when the events centre is built.

Those attending the event got a true taste of Cork as they met with over 25 hotel, venue and activity providers in the Cork region, enjoyed a local artisan Cork menu, and met with some of Cork’s famous faces including fishmonger Pat O Connell whose iconic photo with Queen Elizabeth went worldwide!

Seamus Heaney, Chairman of Cork Convention Bureau, said, “Cork is ready to get a bigger share of the international conference and incentive travel market, so we are actively targeting companies who have the potential to do this.  We need to continually update those that make the decisions on our new product offering in Cork from new hotels, restaurants and stunning venues that can take large capacity conferences, to new airline routes, and of course the Events Centre, which will firmly put Cork on the conference map”.  Seamus Heaney, continued:  “Cork is steadily increasing its share of the conference and events business.  We implore you to keep Cork top of mind for conferences and meetings, and we have numerous free supports available to assist.”

Services which can be provided via Cork Convention Bureau include sourcing suitable facilities and Cork venues, supplier recommendations, co-ordinating site inspections, familiarisation and media visits, securing and organising civic receptions, social programme and itinerary preparations, inclusion in advertising and public relations campaigns, and providing tourism literature for delegates.

Mr Heaney continued to say, “Cork has everything needed to meet the demands of incentive events and corporate meetings, from beautiful venues and adequate facilities, to free wi-fi throughout the city centre, a great range of high quality hotels, and a fantastic tourism offering.   Cork Airport is just 10 minutes from Cork City and getting around the city is quick and easy.”

If you are considering organising a meeting or conference in Ireland, you can contact Cork Convention Bureau for free advice and support services on 021 431 8036, info@corkconventionbureau.com or see www.corkconventionbureau.com for more.

Alternatively follow @Conference_Cork on Twitter and search for #CorkinDublin.

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