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Welcome from the Chair

As I reflect on this time last year when Ireland began welcoming live events again following the pandemic, many will agree that 2022 was an especially challenging year as the demand for cancelled & postponed events to be rescheduled at incredibly short notice was rampant. Although we were all delighted to reconnect in person, challenges ensued for those of us who organise these special gatherings.

AIPCO is at the forefront of development and strives to deliver excellence across the meetings industry. Our members are imperative to the advancement of knowledge to facilitate the high standards of service we are known for and I am so proud of our industry and of our country as we continue the road to recovery, rebuilding our companies and reimagining how we do business.

Our members have the unique and privileged opportunity to come together, sharing knowledge and connections to raise our standards across the business tourism sector enabling us to showcase Ireland to the world. Education is so important to our professional development and industry knowledge and we can all learn so much from each other. Engaging with our industry partners, sponsors and key stakeholders and reinstating those relationships is crucial in allowing us to offer the most innovative, inspiring and informative events.

As chairperson of AIPCO, I am delighted to support and collaborate amongst you all as you continue to grow professionally having been so dramatically challenged in the last few years.

Nicola McGrane

CEO - Conference Partners International

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Educational Programme

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Join us for the 10th Annual Business Tourism Conference in Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, on 7th and 8th April 2022!
Our theme this year is:


Re-Imagine, Re-Connect, Re-Vitalise

The Annual AIPCO Business Tourism Conference is a must-attend event for anyone involved in Business Tourism in Ireland.  We are delighted to announce our programme which includes updates from Industry Partners as well as international perspectives on the current trends and challenges within the Business Events sector during this period of re-generation and recovery.

For any enquires
please email


We are at the start of a “Golden Era of Business Events” according to Barry Winkless Why? Because business meetings have turned into business events. But…. We need magic and momentum. @AIPCO_Ireland #AIPCO2023
@Failte_Ireland @ConferencePart @EventPartners1

Great to attend @AIPCO_Ireland conference at @FotaIsland this morning.

The business tourism sector is a really important part of the national economy and the government values their contribution very highly.

Delighted to contribute to the ⁦@AIPCO_Ireland⁩ Business Tourism Conference ‘Reflect and Connect’ in ⁦@FotaIsland⁩. Very energising & inspiring. Well done ⁦@mmcgrathtd⁩ @Nickycpl⁩ ⁦@Failte_Ireland⁩ ⁦@pure_cork⁩ ⁦@heaney_seamus⁩ ⁦#AIPCO2023


Wish you were here – for us.


AIPCO call for €17m rescue package as we are decimated by pandemic, unable to trade due to restrictions.

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