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Business Solutions Update March / April 2019

Business Tourism

Posted by Tourism NI

Published April 11, 2019


Not only have the Business Solutions team delivered the largest Meet the Buyer event to date at the start of April they have attended a number of other events over the last two months.

Tourism Ireland GB – Product Showcase Event 10th March

Tourism Ireland’s GB team hosted a product showcase event in “Home House” in London on the 10th March. The event was attended by 63 international tour operators, over two sessions who were provided with an introduction by Tourism Ireland followed by product updates from Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland. The team delivered a Northern Ireland update finishing up with the “We’ve Come A Long Way” video, which was very well received.

AIPCO Conference - 22nd- 23rd March 2019

The 7th Annual AIPCO Business Tourism Conference took place at Lough Eske Castle, Donegal from Thursday 21 – Friday 22 March 2019. The annual conference, which is a must-attend for anyone involved in Business Tourism in Ireland, is powered by the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers, in collaboration with SITE Ireland and supported by Fáilte Ireland. Tourism NI had an exhibition stand with Claret Jug on display and also had a short speaking opportunity prior to the conference dinner followed by the “We’ve Come A Long Way” video. Over 180 delegates including some of Ireland’s leading PCO’s were in attendance. Catherine Toolan from ICC delivered a presentation as part of the main conference programme on the Friday with a great destination sell and a video of recent Lookers conference that took place in the city.

SMU (Successful Meetings University – International) –24 – 26th March

Tourism NI participated in SMU, a 3 day appointment based workshop which took place in New York along with educational sessions and networking opportunities One of North Star Meetings Group flagship events, SMU provides highly qualified buyers the opportunity to connect with the top international hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events.

TNI were accompanied by NI industry representatives from Titanic Belfast, Hastings hotels, Bespoke NI, Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort and Merchant Hotel.

The event was attended by more than 100 top American MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) professionals, all of whom were on the lookout for unique business tourism destinations. 

Visit Belfast Amsterdam Showcase - 28th March

Visit Belfast recently hosted a showcase event (entitled “ReImagine Belfast”) in A’DAM Toren. Tourism NI were in attendance along with over 60 Dutch travel trade, DMC’s, MICE & group operators in addition to a number of clients who had conference business coming to NI and Dutch media. Guests had the opportunity to experience “Virtual Belfast” through an AR experience prior to dinner and speeches, which were delivered by Gerry Lennon (Visit Belfast), Peter Nash (Tourism Ireland), Judith Owens (Titanic Belfast) followed by local entertainment and costumed GOT characters.


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