Conference Programme

Highlights from 2016

Friday 10th November

Day Forum

The Brehon, Killarney

Start time: 9am

Finish time: 5.30pm

Opening address

  • Margaret Cahill, Chairperson of ‘Let’s talk tourism – National Tourism Forum’ Organising Committee

The importance of tourism to Ireland 

  • Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director of Tourism Ireland

Tourism for a nation – A nation for tourism  

  • Paul Kelly, Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland

Regionality and Seasonality

  • Fiona Monaghan, Head of Wild Atlantic Way at Fáilte Ireland

Regionality and Seasonality Panel Discussion

  • John Brennan, Managing Director at Park Hotel Kenmare and Dromquinna Manor
  • Sean Doran / Liam Browne, Co-directors of DoranBrowne – specialists in arts and literary tourism
  • John Edwards, Owner of Wild Waters Adventures
  • Helena Healy, CEO of B&B Ireland
  • Con Quill, CEO of the Irish Caravan and Camping Council

Planning for tourism – How do you create a number one visitor attraction?

  • Paul Carty, Managing Director of Guinness Storehouse

Skills and Manpower

  • Paul O’Toole, CEO of SOLAS

Skills and Manpower Panel Discussion

  • Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland
  • Bernadette Enright, Centre Manager of Hospitality Education and Training Centre
  • Cáit Noone, Vice President for International Engagement and Head of the Galway International Hotel School at GMIT
  • Michael Vaughan, Owner of Vaughan Lodge Hotel

Eoghan Corry (Travel Industry Commentator, author and broadcaster) in conversation with Olivia O’Leary

Food Tourism

  • Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Writer & Editor

Air Access

  • Peter Bellew, ‎Former CEO of Malaysia Airlines and incoming Chief Operations Officer of Ryanair
  • Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group
  • Tom Haughey, Former Executive Director of the DAA and a former Chairman of ITIC

Digital Trends and Screen Tourism

  • Nick Hall, Founder of Digital Tourism Think Tank

Closing Panel Discussion

  • Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the Irish Hotels Federation
  • Brendan Griffin T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport
  • David McCarthy, Head of Hospitality & Tourism at AIB
  • John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Northern Ireland
  • Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council
  • Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation

Ticket Price: €175.00

Friday Evening

Business Networking Dinner

The Malton, Killarney

 Start time: 8.00pm

  • Complimentary bus departs from The Brehon to bring guests to The Malton at 7.30pm
  • 3 course meal with wine
  • Skål President’s award for national contribution to tourism
  • After-dinner speaker, Pól Ó Conghaile
  • After-dinner entertainment
  • Semi-formal / Cocktail attire

Ticket Price: €65.00

Saturday 11th November

Skellig Coast and Valentia Island Day Trip

See tourism in action and enjoy a guided tour departing from Killarney incorporating:

  • Travelling the Skellig Ring through Ballinskelligs, past St. Finian’s Bay to the Kerry Cliffs
  • A visit to the Skellig Experience Centre
  • Lunch at The Moorings in Portmagee
  • Onward travel to Knightstown via Fogher Cliffs, Geokaun viewing point and The Lighthouse
  • A guided Valentia Harbour tour, incorporating Beginish Island, on an amphibious tour boat
  • The tour will depart from Killarney at 9am and will return by 5.30pm
  • All items on the itinerary are weather dependent, please wear warm waterproof active wear and sturdy footwear

Ticket Price: €85.00


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