Minister Donohoe and Fáilte Ireland Hail €2m Conference Boost for Dublin with Three More Wins Secured for City 

9th March, 2015

Fáilte Ireland today announced that three international conferences, totalling 1,400 delegates and worth almost €2m to the Irish economy, had been won for Dublin through its Conference Ambassador Programme. Following on other recently announced wins, the amount of conference business won since January now represents a potential financial impact of €10 million.
The conference wins announced today are:


  • Life Cycle Assessment of Foods Conference 2016 – which will take place in Dublin in October 2016 with 450 delegates expected.  It is a US association based in Washington and the Irish Ambassador is Prof. Nick Holden, UCD.


  • International Network of Basin Organisations European Conference on the Water Framework Directive – which will attract 750 delegates and will take place in November 2017.  The International association is based in Paris and the Irish Ambassador involved was Dr Ray Earle, Dublin City Council.


  • Fire Safety for All in Buildings Conference- whiach was secured for Dublin with 200 delegates in April 2016 being organized by FireOx International, a division of Sustainable Design International Ltd.


All these events were won with the assistance of Fáilte Ireland’s Conference Ambassador Programme whereby support and assistance is given to Irish members of international groupings to bring their association’s conference to this country.


Welcoming today’s news, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, said:


“I am delighted to see that Dublin continues to punch above its weight in terms of attracting international meetings and events. I am particularly pleased to see that the Conference Ambassador initiative is really making a difference – creating leads, opportunities and wins for business tourism in the capital and beyond”.



Addressing the importance of such conference wins, Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism with Fáilte Ireland explained:
“The average business traveller tends to spend two or three times as much as a leisure tourist. Therefore, wins such as these are incredibly important for many of those hotels and venues who cater for such large events – sustaining and growing jobs as well as revenue in the sector”.