What is Let’s Talk Tourism all about?

Let’s talk tourism is a forum for the grassroots of all sectors within tourism to discuss and debate tourism into the future. Following on from the success of the inaugural National Tourism Forum in 2016, this year’s event will focus on further challenges and opportunities facing the industry, such as:

  • Regionalisation and seasonality
  • Access
  • Skills and Manpower
  • Planning for tourism
  • Digital Trends and Screen Tourism

The forum moderator is well known writer and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.  Invited keynote speakers will address the importance of tourism to Ireland and offer insights and international perspectives on the Irish tourism product.

As well as identifying and debating the issues affecting our industry, this forum will provide delegates with excellent networking opportunities with forum speakers & other tourism business owners from around the country.


If you are a tourism business owner, a tourism professional or are connected with the industry in any way, this is a conference you do not want to miss.  The National Tourism Forum will be a stimulating, entertaining and educational experience that will provide you with plenty of food for thought when you return to your day job. The forum will be hosted in the town of Killarney and is a joint initiative run by SKAL Republic of Ireland, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation and Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.

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Who should attend?

skelligIn short, anyone involved in tourism at a local, regional, national or international level. The forum will be particularly beneficial for tourism business owners, CEO’s, general managers, sales & marketing managers, retailers, transport companies, tour operators, airports, visitor attractions, hoteliers, restaurateurs, publicans, tourism organisations, national tourism agencies, tourism colleges, sports & recreation groups, local authority managers, local & national media and local & national politicians.

Message from the Organising Committee

We are all truly passionate about the industry we work in. As an industry we are sometimes quite fragmented and have not always been good at coming together to discuss the future direction of tourism & national tourism policy. We have often left this to the tourism agencies. This forum is an attempt to start a debate about tourism into the future at grassroots level.

We hope that business owners from around the country, the tourism agencies, tourism colleges, national tourism organisations, local authorities & politicians will all join us in Killarney on 10th & 11th November 2017 to participate in this vital conversation about the future of our industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kingdom.

Margaret Cahill – Chairperson, Organising Committee ‘Let’s talk tourism’
Conor Hennigan – Vice Chairperson, Organising Commitee ‘Let’s talk tourism’
Emer Corridan, Joan McCarthy, Ciara O’Grady, Paul O’Neill, Niamh O’Shea, Bernadette Randles, Mark Scally.