Preliminary Programme


AIPCO 2017 Business Tourism Conference
The Bigger Picture: Piecing it All Together
23rd March 2017
1400 – 1730 Early Arrivals Tour to Kildare Village
1700 – 1900 Registration Open
1830 – 1930 Welcome Reception – Kildare Foodscapes Showcase
1930 – 2230 AIPCO 2017 Business Tourism Conference Dinner
2230 – late Night Owls – "Trad" Night in the Snug
 
24th March 2017
0630 – 0730 Early Birds Circuit Training Class
Killashee Hotel Leisure Club
0800 – 0900 Registration and Networking Breakfast
Thompson/Ainsworth Suite
0900 – 0915 Opening and Welcome
Rathaskar Suite

Noel Mitchell, AIPCO Chair / Keynote PCO
Pádraic Gilligan, SoolNua
0915 – 0940 Conference Session: Fáilte Ireland Presentation
"Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much!"

Ciara Gallagher, Fáilte Ireland
0940 – 1045 Conference Session: "Biggest isn't Always Best"
The Role of the Convention Bureau in Second-Tier Regions.

Presentation and Panel Discussion


Andrea Weidinger, Hamburg Convention Bureau
Roman Muška, Prague Convention Bureau
Karen Brosnahan, Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau
Sam Johnston, Dublin Convention Bureau
Breffni Ingerton, Kerry Convention Bureau
Darragh O'Connor, Meet in Galway
Evelyn O'Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau
1045 – 1130 Refreshment Break
1130 – 1215 Conference Session: "How the Client Chooses their Destination"
Presentations from the Buyers


Ben Hainsworth, K.I.T Group
Staceylynn Hoaglan, Dell
1215 – 1330 Networking Lunch
"A Day at the Races!"
1330 – 1415 Conference Team Building Activity
The "Ups, Downs and Loop the Loops" of the Meetings and Events Industry
1415 – 1530 Parallel Sessions

1. "Fake News or Real Truth: Destination Marketing" Panel Discussion

2. "Meet the Buyers Q&A: Get Real Answers to Your Current Questions"

3. "Introduction to Association Conferences – What Makes Them Different?"
1530 – 1600 Refreshment Break
1600 – 1620 Feedback from Parallel Sessions
1620 – 1650 Rugby World Cup Bid
"Ireland 2023 – The Story So Far"


Kevin Potts, IRFU
1650 – 1700 Closing Comments
* Please note this programme is subject to change