Meeting of minds in London aims to bring convention business to Cork

HOTEL managers, business chiefs and politicians jetted into London yesterday with the aim of bringing millions of euro worth of business to Cork.

Lord Mayor of Cork Michael O’Connell and county mayor Jim Daly joined Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) chairman, Seamus Heaney in London where they set about to sell Cork as a location for business tourism.

The representatives also presented Cork to British conference organisers as a place to consider hosting events.

“Official Fáilte Ireland figures state that the total value of an international conference delegate is €1,507. When this is compared with the €493 spend of a leisure tourist, it highlights the exceptional potential of the conferencing sector to the Cork region,” said Mr Heaney.

Representatives from Cork hotels such as the River Lee Hotel, the Radisson Blu in Little Island, the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel, Hayfield Manor, Fota Island resort, Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods and the Clarion were at the event.

The CCB was established in 2007 as an initiative of Cork Marketing Partnership. It is funded by Cork City and County Councils, and Fáilte Ireland. It supports an estimated €5 million worth of conference business annually.

Recently the CCB helped to bring the World Rescue Organisation’s World Rescue Challenge to Cork.

Cork was chosen over a host of other cities bidding for the international event thanks in part to the work of the CCB, which acted as a liaison point between conference organisers and the city’s hospitality providers.

Last night representatives gathered at Bentley’s in London, Richard Corrigan’s restaurant, and were served a traditional Irish dinner.

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