Fáilte Ireland hosted the first in-person business conference since the easing of restrictions to announce Ireland is open for business meetings, conferences and events. Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD officially opened the in-person industry event in The Convention Centre Dublin. She was joined by Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly who provided details on Fáilte Ireland’s plans to support the recovery of the business tourism industry.
Prior to Covid-19, business tourism had been one of the fastest-growing segments of the Irish tourism industry, contributing more than €716 million annually to the economy and supporting up to 20,000 jobs. This sector is highly specialised, lucrative and high yielding for Ireland because each business tourism visitor generates almost three times the tourism revenue than that of a leisure tourist.