Ireland is one of the best choices as a destination for meetings, conferences, corporate events and incentive travel in the world. The country’s temperate climate, high standard of conference facilities, tasteful and comfortable accommodation, selection of leisure and after-hours activities put it in a class of its own.
The diverse range of scenery across this small country means business and leisure travelers alike can pack plenty of things to do into a short space of time.
Thanks to significant investment in visitor and conference amenities in recent years, Northern Ireland is fast becoming the place to stage events, hold conferences and host corporate incentive groups.With three airports and two seaports, Northern Ireland possesses excellent transport links with the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Furthermore, in leading travel guide publishers Frommer’s listed Northern Ireland in the top 12 destinations to visit. This joins the Lonely Planet accolade that tipped Northern Ireland as a “must see destination”.
An island of diverse regions, the scenery to be found the length and breadth of Ireland is as beautiful as it is varied. The coast of Ireland boasts a mix of stunning beaches and rugged cliffs. The landscape varies drastically from rich agricultural land to the karst landscape of the Burren, with scenic rivers, lakes and mountain ranges in between. Ireland is also home to a number of Unesco World Heritage sites.
Professional, Friendly People
Ireland is traditionally known as a land of saints and scholars, where visitors receive a thousand welcomes from the friendly locals. In reality, little has changed. Ireland’s education system has retained its integrity and every year produces highly skilled and educated graduates. It is also a popular destination for foreign students to learn English and attracts highly educated individuals from around the world seeking work.
The famed friendliness of the Irish can still be found, in the hospitality and retail industry or if you’re simply looking for directions on the side of the road.
Easy to Get To
Ireland is easy to access from airports worldwide. Located on the western edge of Europe, daily flights to a number of Northern American airports means Ireland is geographically the closest European Union state to the USA and Canada. By air, the rest of Europe is on its doorstep within one to three hours. Ferry services from France and the UK make this island accessible by car and train from anywhere in Europe.
High-tech facilities come as standard at conference and meeting venues in Ireland, whether it is in the luxury of a historical castle or modern purpose-built conference centre. The emphasis on science, technology and innovation in the country in recent years has resulted in a well-developed telecommunications infrastructure.
Over a thousand international companies now use Ireland as their European base, with Dublin increasingly seen as an attractive location for EMEA headquarters for tech companies such as Google and Facebook.
This seal of approval from the international business world has added to Ireland’s renown as an overseas location for conferences, corporate meetings, incentives and events.