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Pain is gain for Dublin as £4m of conference business confirmed

World Institute of Pain among four conferences secured for the Irish capital so far this year

Pictured: Conference Centre Dublin

Fáilte Ireland has announced that Dublin has received a revenue boost of almost €5 million (£3.9m) with the news that four conferences have been confirmed for the capital so far this year. 

The conferences include the World Institute of Pain, the European Cities Marketing TIO Expert Meeting, the Junior Chambers International European Presidents Meeting and the World Congress of Psycho-Oncology

Welcoming the news, tourism minister Paschal Donohoe said: “I am delighted with the news that Dublin continues to attract high profile lucrative conferences to these shores. Business tourism is a very valuable part of our overall tourism product and performs well year on year. The fact that those who come here on business more often than not choose to stay on for pleasure makes it even more important.”

This news comes as the business tourism industry from across the capital gathered in the Conference Centre Dublin last week for an annual briefing from Fáilte Ireland where the tourism authority outlined their plans and targets for the year ahead. Business of more than €138m (£107m) is already confirmed for 2016 with a further €52.5m (£40.6m) still in the pipeline.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2016, Miriam Kennedy, head of business tourism at Fáilte Ireland, said: “Last year was a record year for the area of business tourism but our aim is for 2016 to be even more ambitious with growth of 12 per cent targeted. Business tourism is a highly competitive game with a valuable return but we, in Fáilte Ireland, are fully committed to ensuring we secure a large piece of the pie.”

In addition to the industry event, a group of German business and conference buyers were in Dublin for a whistle-stop tour of the capital as well as a taster of Kilkenny, Wicklow and Kildare.

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