As the late, great Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote: "If we can winter this one out, we can summer anywhere." This quote sums up the attitude of Irish travel tourism providers as they face a unique and challenging period of history. MICE activity might be currently at a standstill around the world but the green shoots of spring are starting to become visible; our metaphorical summer may be just around the corner.
Connemara, Co Galway
As we look forward to a new year, Ireland will continue to embrace the "can do" attitude that has brought it to the fore when it comes to international business travel. We are a small but optimistic nation; our network of expert suppliers and operators are busy working in the background to ensure that business tourism events in Ireland are as safe as possible when the time is right. By implementing the Government's robust COVID-19 prevention measures for everyone, we're helping to sow the seeds of hope.
Easily accessible from the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, Ireland offers so much to visitors and has International airports in Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock. Dublin and Shannon Airports even provide US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance, ensuring swift transit for all travellers with Shannon servicing the Limerick, Galway and Clare region. Situated on the edge of mainland Europe, the EU and UK are right on our doorstep. Getting around Ireland is easy too, with major cities and small towns connected by a strong network of roads, rail, and regional airports.
While most accommodation and venues are currently unavailable, behind those doors awaits Ireland's famous céad míle fáilte (or a hundred thousand welcomes). Ireland is known for its welcoming ways — Dublin regularly makes it onto the 'friendliest city in the world' lists, while Galway won the accolade of friendliest city in Europe 2020 (with the capital taking second place). Our other cities, towns and villages certainly know a thing or two about hospitality too.
DMCs and PCOs
To truly get the best out of your MICE experience in Ireland, we recommend that you consider one of our approved DMCs or PCOs. These local professionals have the expertise and know-how to create a trip to Ireland that will be talked about for years. When you engage a Destination Management Company you know that nothing will be left to chance. All details and logistics will be dealt with by the boots on the ground, giving you the peace of mind to know that your plan will be closely followed. Hiring Professional Conference Organisers will also ensure that every aspect of your MICE operation will be carried out as per your requirements.
When it comes to helping planners put together a spectacular conference, meeting, corporate retreat or incentive itinerary, Ireland has a team of highly professional, helpful staff on hand to assist. With the five Convention Bureaux of Ireland dotted throughout the country, each region has specialists ready to help you make your dreams a reality.
There is a Convention Bureaux team brimming with ideas, eager and willing to put your plans in motion, whatever your choice of location: with the Dublin Convention Bureau
catering for the east side of the country, Galway
located in the west, and Cork
serving the south-west. The Convention Bureaux of Ireland are all COVID-19 compliant and will recommend the safest options with plenty of open space and access to fresh air to ensure your delegates are kept happy and healthy during their stay.
Trinity College, Co. Dublin
Dublin's fair city offers a cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant location for all your business tourism needs. Our capital has over 20,000 three- to five-star bedrooms available and numerous venues capable of catering for large and small groups of delegates. The city has stunning Georgian architecture, beautiful city parks and some of the country's most loved tourist attractions, all within easy walking distance of the city centre.
The Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km defined coastal route, taking in breath-taking landscapes, incomparable cultural activities and unique Irish experiences. Running the length of the west of Ireland, this region is well connected to Cork, Kerry, the Shannon Region (Limerick and Clare), and Galway, and boasts a wealth of interesting towns and villages.
Ireland's second biggest city, Cork, is another destination filled with character and charm. The quaint cobbled side streets and busy main streets link together to create a lively, engaging and fun city, waiting for exploration. From the oldest covered market in Europe to the architectural grandeur of University College Cork, this harbour town has many inspiring sights to see. Even more spectacular scenery awaits as you travel outside of the city into the glorious countryside towns and villages in the region.
The English Market, Co. Cork
Not far from Cork lies the Kingdom of Kerry. This county has more four- and five-star hotels than anywhere else in the country, all nestled in the world-renowned landscapes of the area.
The neighbouring Shannon Region offers stunning landscapes including the UNESCO World Geopark at the Burren and the globally recognised Cliffs of Moher.
Galway is a cultural hotspot with musicians and dancers found performing on the streets and in bars and hotels all over the city (Ed Sheeran first plied his trade busking there). It is also home to some of Ireland's best food and nightlife. This city and its unspoiled Connemara surroundings will steal your delegates' hearts.
Buskers in Galway
With so much to offer, Ireland should be top of your MICE travel destination list when the pandemic subsides and it is possible to visit. To entice you further, Fáilte Ireland has increased its Meet in Ireland Financial Support Fund to offer €30 per international delegate in groups of over 50. Not only does Ireland provide an unforgettable, 'wow' experience, but you can also claim back up to €3,000 for a delegate group of 100 participants.
By organising a trip to any part of the Emerald Isle, you are gifting your delegates with memories that will last a lifetime. We offer safety, support, value and that little something else that no other place can — a great Irish welcome. Get in touch with the Meet in Ireland team today and start planning the business tourism trip of a lifetime. Let summer return to your life once more.