The Galway Convention Bureau, which promotes Galway as a destination for international meetings, incentives, conferences and events, is looking for champions for Galway to help bring an international conference home.
In the last 18 months the bureau has secured just over €13 million of new conference and event business for Galway, which will deliver over 8,125 international delegates to Galway in events to take place up to 2022.
A business visitor is worth up to three times that of the leisure tourist and meetings tend to take place outside the main summer months, which will lead to an extension of the season for the tourism sector in Galway. This has a very positive effect on the local economy in ensuring that jobs are kept in the west.
Galway Convention Bureau is looking for people throughout Galway to become champions in bringing international conferences home to the city and county. People who might be thinking of hosting an international conference, can work with Galway Convention Bureau and become a Champion for Galway. A Champion for Galway is a person who loves Galway and has membership of international professional, corporate and industry associations and also has the influence to bring an international conference home.
People like Anne Kinsella from Teagasc Galway who brought in the Agri Benchmark International Workshops and Global Forum Conference for Beef and Sheep 2018, with delegates representing over 30 different countries internationally. Frances Fahy and Kathy Reilly from NUI Galway who co-hosted EUGEO Congress on the Geographies of Europe May 2019 with over 450 delegates from 37 countries along with many other NUI Galway colleagues securing several international conferences for Galway. These champions for Galway are invaluable to ensuring that Galway is on the business tourism map.
Galway has now been ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, an application led by Galway Convention Bureau and supported by Failte Ireland. This is a rating system designed to recognise responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry. Entering the Index for the first time, Galway is the only Irish destination that ranked in the top 20 for 2018, with other Irish cities and regions also being recognised for their green credentials. This coupled with the European Green Leaf award and NUI Galway who was recently awarded the internationally recognised Green Flag accreditation for promoting sustainability and reducing its environmental impact, makes Galway the most sustainable destination in Ireland to host a conference.
Galway is an excellent place to do business all year-round, and becoming a Champion for Galway will be crucial in attracting international business to the west. “I would encourage anyone who has international association or organisational links abroad and would like to bring an International conference to Galway, to contact the convention bureau. Galway Convention Bureau can support and work with you to win the conference business. We have a fantastic business tourism product in Galway, and winning this type of business is highly competitive, so we need our local champions to help make this happen, “explained Rose Finn Galway Convention Bureau General Manager.
Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland Manager, Ciara Gallagher, said: “Over 75 per cent of all international conferences that come to Ireland do so at the direct invitation of a local Irish member or host, something which Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland team maximises through its Conference Ambassador programme. We already have great Conference Ambassadors in Galway, who have secured excellent conferences in their area of expertise. Conferences like these are not only lucrative in terms of generating significant revenue for the region, they also leave a lasting legacy with regard to being recognised as a centre of innovation and excellence in these fields. We are always looking to recruit expert Conference Ambassadors to help bring future business like this to Ireland and are on hand to help every step of the way.”
The convention bureau is supported by Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Airport, Galway City and Galway County Council, The Western Development Commission and trade memberships. The convention bureaus strategic partners include the National University of Ireland Galway, The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, the Galway Chamber of Commerce and the Galway branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.
Contact Galway Convention Bureau today on 091 339920 or [email protected]