A city of suprises
Watching the sun set on Galway Bay is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The fading sunbeams bounce off the Atlantic Ocean as you look westwards, knowing the next stop is America. Behind you is one of Ireland’s most vibrant and artistic cities, while the nearby countryside is both breathtakingly beautiful and heart-wrenchingly desolate all at once.
Choose Galway for your next meeting, incentive conference or event
Ireland’s cultural capital and the surrounding area offers those looking for a unique conference location the perfect solution. Afterwards, put the hard work behind you and follow in musician Steve Earle’s footsteps with “a stroll along the old Long Walk on a grand soft day,” or head out of the city altogether to explore the wilds of Connemara and the stunning coastline that makes up part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Galway 2020: the place to be
Galway is currently the European Region of Gastronomy and will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020; from all corners of the world, people will journey to the biggest celebration of Ireland’s long and rich cultural heritage. Will you be among them? For the duration of the year, Galway 2020 plans to hold events in unexpected and surprising places throughout the city and county. Above all, it’s going to be a year of fun and exhilarating experiences.
If you need a meeting room or convention centre, Galway has the goods. For large groups, venues such as the National University of Ireland Galway can accommodate up to 1100 delegates theatre-style, while the Galway Bay Hotel and Conference Centre, The Galmont Hotel, The Salthill Hotel and the Clayton Hotel all have the facilities to comfortably cater for up to 700 delegates. For mid-sized reception gatherings, the Harbour Hotel (150 delegates), The Ardilaun Hotel (500 delegates), The G Hotel (300 delegates), Glenlo Abbey (250 delegates) all offer top level facilities and services. Smaller meetings and conferences have numerous choices also, with venues such as the Corrib Princess luxury cruise boat (60 delegates) and Galway’s new art house cinema An Pálas (250 delegates) bringing a unique dimension to your assembly.
Special incentive experiences
When planning incentive travel experiences, Ireland has so much to offer and Galway is one of the premier places to visit. With naturally stunning scenery, an abundance of activities and an unrivalled atmosphere, the city and county of Galway is the very essence of Ireland. Take your delegates golfing on a course that has been there for over 100 years, take a boat to the Aran Islands and buy one of their world famous jumpers, learn to play Ireland’s national sport of hurling or just simply soak in the atmosphere of the winding cobbled streets with musicians on almost every corner.
Tasting the local produce at the International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Events held in Galway linger long in the minds of the delegates too, as the city’s bohemian charm and the county’s authentically Irish welcome resonates and imprints itself on their memories. Whether your event is held in a theatre, hotel or any of the other amazing venues available, the level of service and professionalism will only be outdone by the warmth of the people. As an area that hosts ever popular events such as the International Oyster & Seafood Festival, The Galway Races and the Galway International Arts Festival, catering to large crowds is as easy as breathing to the suppliers of Galway.
Get in touch
Get in touch with the Galway Convention Bureau and discuss your options with our team as the starting point to a memorable, exciting and truly Irish MICE experience. The team knows all the best venues, suppliers, activities and ways to maximize your time in the West of Ireland and will guide you as you plan your delegates’ trip. Alternatively, they can introduce you to specialist companies in the area, so you can be confident that no matter what you want from your visit in Ireland, your Galway experience will be fruitful and full of fun.