As a world-class conference destination, Ireland offers excellent value for money for conference organisers and attending delegates alike. Our distinctive blend of people, places and activities delivers a unique experience — but a strong level of competitiveness ensures visitors are attracted in the first place.
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Surveys report increasing satisfaction annually, with 82% of visitors reporting satisfaction with Ireland as a destination. 78% of our delegates would recommend Ireland as a destination and 65% of them would return to Ireland on holiday.
Great value for money in Ireland
Looking more closely at the specifics, the 9% Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate for the Tourism and Hospitality sector has been retained in Budget 2017. Ireland’s attractions as a business tourism destination has been further enhanced by new legislation enabling conference delegates to reclaim VAT on accommodation (for qualifying conferences or meetings organised for business purposes, catering for a minimum of 50 people).
Good value for conference organisers and delegates extends far beyond the hotel lobby in Ireland, offering benefits across all aspects of a visit. There’s variety and flexibility for organisers, enabling them to tailor your business event and design them according to their needs, and their budgets.
Discounted mass transit and visitor attraction packages abound, among them the Leap Visitor Card and DoDublin Card. Early Bird and Pre-Theatre menus at many top restaurants offer exceptional evening value, while deliciously affordable lunchtime options and ‘Full Irish’ breakfasts keep delegates satisfied and stimulated. Theatre tickets are half the price of comparable London offerings, while a dizzying array of free museums, galleries, gardens, festivals, traditional music and cultural events leaves plenty of money in visitors’ pockets for shopping and sightseeing.
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For more information on VAT rates, refunds for conference delegates or further details of the great value for money that Ireland can deliver, contact a member of the Meet in Ireland Team today.