We cannot allow hugely lucrative business tourism to depart for other shores

Conference and event tourism like Aviation Week was worth a staggering €760 million to the Irish economy in 2019 and we can’t afford to lose it

26th September, 2021
We cannot allow hugely lucrative business tourism to depart for other shores
Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism: in 2019, business tourism was estimated to be worth €760 million to the economy and supported 20,000 jobs. It is crucial to get it all back

If you walked past the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin during a specific week in January, pre-pandemic, you may well have been struck by the number of well-dressed, prosperous-looking delegates milling around outside it.

Those delegates were in town for Aviation Week, which has become a feature of January in the capital in recent years. Two conferences, organised by specialised international publications, involve the arrival of thousands of high-spending aircraft-leasing executives and their airline counterparts, joining...

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