AIPCO Meets at Fota

Fota Island Resort was this year’s venue for the AIPCO (Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers) Business Tourism Conference 2023, supported by Fáilte Ireland and SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Ireland.

Pictured are Finola Twomey, Director of Revenue, Sales and Marketing at Fota Island Resort, Nicola McGrane, Collette Duggan, Sarah Durcan.

The theme of the conference was “Reflect & Connect”, focusing on what’s been learnt in the past year in Irish hospitality and exploring how these lessons can be utilised in 2023 and beyond.

The conference began with a familiarisation trip hosted by Visit Cork with a welcome reception held at Fota House where local delicacies and drinks were served. That evening, attendees enjoyed entertainment and a gala dinner at Fota Island Resort with a keynote address by Paul Kelly, chief executive of Fáilte Ireland.

The next morning, AIPCO chair Nicola McGrane gave a welcome address, and throughout the day, discussions were held with representatives from Fáilte Ireland, SITE Ireland, ITIC and industry leaders in business tourism.