Sustainability now a top line issue for Galway Businesses


Galway ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability Index

September 2019

Galway has ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index in 2018, this is a rating system designed to recognise responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry.

Entering the Index for the first time in 2018, Galway was the only Irish destination to rank in the top 20, other Irish cities and regions Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Kerry were recognised for their green credentials.

Last week, Galway Convention Bureau hosted a panel of expert speakers in the area of sustainability in the Connacht Hotel recently. The workshop for its member hotels highlighted green activities can lead to hugh savings with a positive impact on the environment but also warned if our business tourism suppliers are not eco certified and moving in the direction of sustainability we could lose potential business events.

“We have a lot of work done but we still need to do more said Rose Finn Galway Convention Bureau Manager on the work of the bureau, the city and its members in the area of sustainability. We have a number of international conference enquires with sustainable related topics who demand the host destination reach their green credentials however its not only these type of conferences, others are now looking to reduce their carbon impact on the environment by choosing a sustainable destination to host there business event”.

Global Destination Sustainability Index Rankings are designed to help MICE planners choose progressive destinations with top sustainability credentials. The Index is compiled by measuring and comparing the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of participating cities around the world.
Sam Johnston, Manager of Convention Bureaux of Ireland at Failte Ireland, added: “Congratulations to Galway Convention Bureau on their successful application for the city to be officially recognised for its outstanding green credentials in hosting business meetings and events. We will continue to strive towards the highest standards of sustainability in everything we do, and hope to rank even higher in all regions in future years.”
The workshop panel included Jenny Cooper from Oakwood Farm on the topic of bees, and how we can incorporate biodiversity into our business model. Michelle O Dowd and Lorraine Rushe from NUI Galway on how they formed a sustainable team and achieved their Green Flag Award. Raquel Noboa an Eco Tourism Company 50 shades greener. Maurice Bergin Green Hospitality Programme and Eveanna Ryan Connacht Hospitality presented a case study on the Connacht Hotel Galway’s largest hotel accommodation provider on the savings and activities their green team have achieved in the last 12 months estimated to be over €60,000

Pictured above panel of speakers

Michelle O Dowd and Lorraine Rushe from NUI Galway, Maurice Bergin Green Hospitality, Rose Finn Galway Convention Bureau, Jenny Cooper Oakwood Farm Raquel Noboa an Eco Tourism Company 50 shades greener.

Are you a Champion for Galway?

Bring an International Conference home to the west

June 2019

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]

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