As the global pause on MICE activity continues, Meet in Ireland has released a new video to showcase the magnificence of Ireland and its enormous business tourism potential – highlighting the fact that Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and welcoming people will be here when the international lockdown ends.
The feature, which is just under one minute long, opens with Ireland’s unspoilt landscape and rolling hills to encourage viewers to dream about better times to come. It goes on to illustrate the enduring heart of the Emerald Isle, while a specially commissioned poem captures the essence of Ireland’s spirit:
“I will return into her arms, gently into the fold
To see her waters and her hills and all the beauty she beholds
To feel the earth beneath my feet, the warmth against my face
And be welcomed in at every turn, into her kind embrace.”
Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow
While international travel remains suspended, the video shows snippets of some of Ireland’s most world-famous places, activities and venues – to inspire those already planning their return in future years. One iconic landmark featured is Powerscourt Gardens; the adjoining Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa contains more than 12,030 square feet of meeting and conference space and a total of 10 meeting rooms; while currently closed, it will once again become a sought-after destination for the international MICE industry when it is safe to reopen.
Aside from conference and meeting venues, the video puts legendary landmarks like the Hill of Tara and The Round Tower at Monasterboice front and centre, with a strong message for viewers from around the world – that the best locations in Ireland will still be there when the lockdown is over.
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway
Well-loved activities including camping, hiking and cycling are all featured, representing enjoyable ways to take in Ireland’s breath-taking landscape. The video concludes with a rowing boat arriving into shore at Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery located along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
It’s not too soon to start planning your future MICE activities on the island of Ireland when the world returns to business. We’ll be well-equipped to host your meetings and events when we reopen; in the meantime, the Meet in Ireland team is on hand for advice and support on the planning stages.