When it comes to costs, our small island is hard to beat — as an added incentive for those meeting in Ireland; we offer a special 13.5% Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate for the tourism and hospitality sector. That includes conference delegates, who can reclaim VAT on accommodation (for qualifying conferences or meetings organised for business purposes that cater to a minimum of 50 people).
Ireland can also claim the lowest tax on meeting spaces in hotels in Europe. At 9%, this rate allows conference organisers to book top-notch facilities at a globally competitive rate. As well as this, certain hospitality costs on standalone venues like the impressive Croke Park Stadium are subject to 0% VAT.
Enjoy Ireland at low cost
Delegates can take advantage of discounted prices on transport and visitor attractions such as the Leap Visitor Card and the GoDublin Card, enabling them to get around easily and cheaply.
Packed conference programmes require fuel, and attendees can feast on deliciously affordable lunchtime options, as well as the ‘Full Irish’ breakfasts Ireland is famous for. For culinary delights in the evening, delegates can savour Early Bird and Pre-Theatre menus at many top restaurants for exceptional value.
Theatre tickets are a bargain too, at half the price of London’s offerings, while a dizzying choice of free museums, galleries, gardens, festivals, traditional music and cultural events leave visitors with plenty of change for shopping and sightseeing.
The Meet in Ireland team offers a range of other financial supports, including support for bid presentations, hosted site inspections, marketing funding and a programme enhancement fund designed to ensure delegates have the best possible experience in Ireland.
For more information on VAT rates, refunds for MICE organisers and delegates, or further details on Ireland’s value for money, contact a member of the Meet in Ireland Team today to find out how we can support your group.