This week Fáilte Ireland unveiled its tourism plans for the coming year, based around five key action points. Fáilte Ireland has earmarked €12million capital investment for 25 new and enhanced visitor attractions and activities. In addition to this, a generous fund of €6.2million has been allocated to help grow business tourism.
These announcements were unveiled in front of over 600 industry representatives at Industry Day 2020, an event in Croke Park on Monday, 11 November. The progressive plans are intended to address the forecasted economic period Ireland is entering.
During Industry Day, a dedicated business tourism session provided not only the economic outlook for the sector but Ciara Gallagher, Meet in Ireland Manager, shared business tourism plans and key areas of focus to a packed audience of Irish tourism trade.
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As well as this, a number of superb new initiatives were announced including the M&I Spring Forum — for which Meet in Ireland submitted a bid this year. The event is a major win for Ireland and will bring 250 international meeting and incentive buyers from the United States to Dublin at the end of April 2020.
Building on Meet in Ireland's win of the Best Improver Award for 2019 from the Global Destination Sustainability Index, another key focus area for the year ahead was sustainability; where financial supports will be upweighted in favour of events that build sustainable practices into event planning and operations.
Fáilte Ireland's Meet in Ireland team also announced a much-awaited plan to launch a new Gala Dinner Venue scheme to meet demand for large-scale dinner venues. Following extensive research and feasibility studies, Fáilte Ireland is now ready to launch a significant fund to help address this market demand.