Fáilte Ireland honoured 79 ‘Conference Ambassadors’ at its inaugural Conference Ambassador
Recognition Awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Pictured are Shaun Quinn, Failte Ireland, Dara O'Briain, MC for the evening, Miriam Kennedy, Failte Ireland, Frank Stapleton, Conference Ambassador of the Year and Michael Cawley, Chairman Failte Ireland.
The recipients, from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, were given the awards for bidding and hosting an international conference or event in Dublin. Hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain, the event acknowledged that the Ambassadors, nominated by the Irish conference and meetings industry, had delivered a collective total of almost 73,000 international delegates to Dublin between 2011 and 2014, injecting over €101m into the economy. This news comes as the World Congress of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) have confirmed that they will hold their 2018 conference in Dublin attracting 2,500 delegates and valued at €3.5m (see more in note to editor).
Three individuals, who have had a significant impact on international conferencing in Ireland, were singled out with special awards at the ceremony. The Conference Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Brian Stapleton, Managing Director of Periploi Aviation, for his significant contribution to Ireland’s business tourism sector. Brian has been instrumental in delivering a total of seven International Air Transport Association (IATA) conferences to Dublin valued at €5.6m to Irish economy, with another five future conferences in the pipeline with an estimated value of €5.4m.
The candidate selected for Outstanding Contribution to Business Tourism during the Gathering was Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech, who chose to host eight international Alltech business events in Ireland during 2013. During that year of The Gathering, Pearse brought a total of 3,000 international delegates to Ireland.