PROGRAMME

*Draft Programme, subject to change

Thursday 27 February

08.00

Coach departure from Fáilte Ireland, 88-95 Amien Street, Dublin 1

11.00 – 15.00

Destination Educational: Site visit to University of Limerick and Thomond Park with Lunch

  • Breakfast bites – Michelin Plate fine dining restaurant ‘The East Room’ at Plassey House.
  • Site visit of University Concert Hall, UL Sport Arena, Cappavilla accommodation. 
  • Site Visit of the Rugby Museum and Conference Facilities at Thomond Park.
  • Transfer to Dromoland Castle and Inn at Dromoland.

16.00

Business Tourism Conference Opening

Brian Boru Hall, Dromoland Castle

Speakers:

Padraic Gilligan, M.C.
Ronan Flood, AIPCO Chair
Richard Phelan, President SITE Ireland

16.15

Energiser

By:
360 Entertainment

16.30

Meet in Ireland Presentation

Speakers:
Paul Mockler, Head of Business Development, Fáilte Ireland
Ciara Gallagher, Manager, Meet in Ireland at Fáilte Ireland
Q&A chaired by Padraic Gilligan

16.50

Ireland as a Destination and Attracting MICE Business to Your Destination

Speakers:
Rhea Stagner, VP Industry Relations, MARITZ
Jurriaen Sleijster, President & COO of MCI Group

19.00

Networking Drinks Reception

20.00

Dinner and Hall of Fame Award

Location:
Brian Boru Conference Centre

Friday 28 February

9.30

Welcome and key learnings from day 1

Speaker:
Padraic Gilligan, M.C.

9.40

SITE Ireland Energiser

10.00

The Power of Your Presence to Impact, Influence and Inspire in Presentations, Pitches, Conference Calls and Videos

Speaker:
Mark Downey, Speech and Presence

11.00

Tourism Northern Ireland Update

11.05

ICC Update

11.10

Networking break

11.45

An Innovative Approach to C-Suite Interactions Through Experience Design

Speaker:
Darragh Quinn, Global Client Experience Lead, Accenture’s Global Centre for Innovation

12.30

Carton House Update

12.35

Networking Lunch

13.45

Dalata Hotel Group Update

13.50

Sustainability

Speakers:
Sam Johnston, CIS Manager, Convention Bureau of Ireland
Caitriona Doran, Dublin Convention Bureau
Caoimhe Rice, Senior Sales Manager, Moloney & Kelly

 

Learner Outcomes:

  • The role of sustainability In Business Tourism
  • Sustainability as a “must have” rather than a “nice to have”- the business we’re losing
  • Extending our impact beyond the meeting space – how to shape our industry to sustain itself and the planet

14.30

How Do We Position Ireland When Pitching?

1. Association Pitch (DCB and PCO – collaborative pitch) – 20mins

2. Incentive Pitch (SITE) – 20mins

15.15

Panel Discussion and Feedback on Ireland’s Pitching Position

Speakers:
Rhea Stagner, VP Industry Relations, MARITZ
Jurriaen Sleijster, President & COO of MCI Group

15.45

Conclusion Padraic Gilligan and Ronan Flood

16.00

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*Draft Programme, subject to change