As the world looks forward to better times ahead, the wellness economy has never been more powerful.
'Wellness tourism' is a growing industry, supported by tourists actively looking for ways to enhance their well-being as they travel. It’s a trend that’s echoed in the business tourism sector, with high quality wellness experiences now an important part of many MICE programmes.
For guests eager to indulge in wellness, there’s no better place than Kerry. The county’s lush, green spaces and spectacular natural environment provides the perfect backdrop for a safe and health-focused conference, meeting or incentive.
Adding wellness elements to a MICE trip can enhance delegates' engagement, making them more productive and ready to tackle the day-to-day conference or meeting programme. Nestled amidst mountains and lakes, Kerry makes wellness easy, serving as the perfect stage for activities that boost morale, relieve stress and encourage team-building. These are just a snapshot of the experiences designed to re-energise, relax and restore in a post-pandemic world.
Killarney Riding Stables
Experience Kerry’s stunning scenery from atop a beautiful horse on a guided trek through the countryside. The Killarney Riding Stables, home to approximately 70 horses, provides guided tours and accommodation packages. They have horse-riding experiences for all levels of riders: guests can leisurely ride through the national park admiring the beauty of the lakes or up the ante by tackling one of the mountain trails.
An epic horse-riding adventure with Killarney Riding Stables
Hidden Ireland Tours
By foot, boat or chauffeur-driven car, the Hidden Ireland Tours team takes customised travel to new heights. With guided hiking and mountain climbing tours, fishing trips, yoga and special interest excursions around Kerry and the surrounding counties, they go above and beyond to craft memorable experiences. They can also assist with private accommodation requirements for groups big and small, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their time in one of the most refreshing and stimulating environments in Ireland.
Cycling the Gap of Dunloe with Hidden Ireland Tours
Wild SUP Tours
Embarking on an exciting adventure in the company of colleagues and peers is one of the best ways to feel alive. With the help of Wild SUP Tours, guests will get the chance to do just that as they learn the art of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Guided beginner groups paddle their boards through the lakes of Killarney, while the more advanced have the option of taking on the lakes of Kerry’s Reeks District — a key part of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastal route.
SUP at sunset in Kerry
Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths
Thanks to its fully mobile set up, Dingle-based Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths can bring Irish whiskey barrel baths to a chosen location, allowing delegates to indulge in relaxing, healing seaweed while absorbing the nature around them. Their locally harvested, sustainable seaweed products provide nutrients for the skin, while easing aches and pains. Perfect after a day of hiking, horse-riding or stand up paddle boarding.
The whiskey barrels used by Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths
Adding a wellness activity to any MICE programme will increase the value of the experience, ensuring that delegates feel cared for and appreciated. By engaging their senses, relieving stress and energising them, participants become happier and more productive.
Why not let Kerry’s perfect combination of adventure and relaxation spark your imagination, as you gear up for a return to business tourism and plan your next MICE activity? It’s the perfect destination to leave corporate groups refreshed, invigorated and recharged, all in the safety of wide open spaces.
Contact a member of the Meet in Ireland team today to access more comprehensive advice and support. Alternatively, contact the Kerry Convention Bureau for more information and local insights on hosting MICE activities in the region.