Dublin targeting 8% meeting increase for 2015

Dublin to target €55m revenue growth in conferences


8 December 2014
Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) is targeting an 8% increase in meetings in Dublin during 2015, with an estimated economic impact of €55m (£43m) for the city in the year ahead.
 
The ambitious target was unveiled at a DCB briefing for operators and stakeholders in the conferencing sector, at the Guinness Storehouse on 4th December.

The DCB, which sells Dublin as a destination for international conferences and corporate meetings, has seen the number of conference delegates visiting Dublin increase year on year since 2009, with 40,000 delegates travelling to Dublin in 2014, which created an estimated £39m in economic impact.

Currently there are 91 key events in the pipeline for next year with potential for up to an estimated 58,200 delegates. Looking to the next few years, as far as 2020, the DCB is already following up leads for another 84 large events which, if won, could yield up to 90,000 more visitors.
 
Paul Keeley, director of business development, Fáilte Ireland, said: "Dublin has a great attraction for international delegates and our own research shows that when an international conference chooses our capital city as a venue, they benefit from a ‘Dublin bounce’ with approximately 10% more attendees for their event, due to the reputation of the city as a lively venue to attend.”
 
Only time will tell if Dublin can maintain recent conference and meetings achievements and hit the ambitious targets set for 2015.
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