Let’s Talk Tourism this November in Killarney at the National Tourism Forum

The National Tourism Forum sponsored by AIB with support from Failte Ireland & Kerry County Council will take place on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November in Killarney in association with SKAL Republic of Ireland, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation and the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.


Tourism businesses nationwide are heading to Killarney on the 25th & 26th November for Let’s Talk Tourism – The National Tourism Forum.  The Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), SKAL Republic of Ireland & Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce have come together to create a Forum that will bring all sectors of tourism together discuss and debate issues facing tourism currently and into the future.  The forum is being sponsored by AIB and is also supported by Failte Ireland & Kerry Councty Council.

The Forum will explore and examine topics such as Brexit and its effect on tourism, the future of tourism in Ireland, international tourism trends, tourism policy in Ireland and what is needed to grow tourism and jobs further, as well as rural tourism and how to spread the tourism wealth around the country.

The Forum takes place at Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney on Friday 25th November.  Over 25 high profile speakers are already confirmed for the forum, with more to be announced. The forum will be chaired by RTE TV and radio broadcast journalist, Miriam O’Callaghan.  Guest speakers include Professor of Finance at Trinity College, Brian Lucey, Chief Executive Officer of the Dalata Hotel Group, Pat McCann and Irish Hotels Federation President, Joe Dolan. Other notable speakers include MEP, Sean Kelly, Independent TD, Michael Healy Rae and Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, Eoghan O’ Mara Walsh.

On the evening of Friday 25th November, a business networking dinner will be held at The Brehon Hotel in Killarney. Special guests being interviewed on the night will be former Kerry footballers Darragh, Tomás & Marc Ó’ Sé, who together hold 16 All Ireland medals, 12 All Stars Awards, 28 Munster titles and 257 Championship Appearances.

On Saturday 26th November, the Forum goes to Dingle for the day and Forum delegates will be shown how Dingle has developed food & rural tourism on the Dingle Peninsula over the last ten years and how it is booming as a result.  A Taste of Kerry lunch will be hosted in Benner’s Hotel and Bridgestone Guide Writer John McKenna will be the keynote speaker at lunch.

The social itinerary of the conference includes the gala black tie Kerry IHF Christmas Ball at Muckross Park Hotel on Saturday night 26th November hosted by the Kerry IHF Chairman Terence Mulcahy.

When asked why local business should attend these seminars, Sean O’ Driscoll, Conference Chairman and SKAL Republic of Ireland President said:

“Various sectors within the tourism industry have annual conferences to discuss the particular interests and issues involving their specific sector.  However, there is no forum for the grassroots of all sectors within tourism to meet, to debate and discuss tourism. Our aim was to create a forum where tourism business owners & managers on the ground can discuss the future of tourism in Ireland and network & share business learnings. We would like to thank AIB, Kerry County Council & Failte Ireland for their support, as without it this forum would not have been possible”.

For further information or to book a place at Let’s Talk Tourism- National Tourism Forum please see www.ntf.ie or email or email info@ntf.ie