Conventions to boost local economy by €64m

by Alen McMahon

Failte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau has revealed that new business worth €64m has been won for Dublin so far in 2017.

The announcement was made at their Christmas Breakfast Briefing in the CityWest Hotel last Thursday.

The revenue boost was a result of winning 150 new conferences for the city and county.
The events will bring almost 45,000 extra visitors to Dublin between 2018 and 2021.
Among the notable conference wins is the cyclist gathering, Velo City.

Around 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the European Cyclists’ Federation convention in 2019, boosting the Dublin economy by €3.2 million.

Also taking place in 2019 is the World Science Fiction Convention, or World Con, and the 5,000 or so sci-fi fans who will flock to Dublin will generate around €8m for local businesses.

While in 2020, a cash injection of €1.3m is expected when 800 people attend the European Federation of Periodontology’s 3rd Master Clinic.

Sam Johnston, manager of Failte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau said: “I am delighted that the Dublin Convention Bureau has hit its target for 2017. We have worked extensively throughout the year to bring available international business to Dublin.

“Indeed, looking ahead we are forecasting strong growth for 2018 and in fact we are currently targeting business as far out as 2026. Dublin is and will continue to be a competitive and attractive place to hold international events.”

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