Conference Programme

Friday 8th November


Great Southern Killarney

Start time: 9am

Finish time: 5pm

Programme contents:

Opening Address

  • Brendan Griffin T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport

The outlook from the tourism industry perspective

  • Ruth Andrews, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC)

Setting the scene from a global perspective; mega trends and future trends.

  • Jane Stacey, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The consumer sentiment amongst domestic tourists

  • Conor Pope, The Irish Times

The food offering

  • Jenny De Saulles, Fáilte Ireland
  • Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Writer & Editor
  • Michele Shirlow MBE, Food Northern Ireland
  • Helen Collins, A Taste of West Cork
  • Éimhín Ní Chonchúir, Food the Waterford Way

The potential impact of Brexit on Irish tourism

  • Simon Calder, The Independent (UK), TV & Radio Broadcaster

The economics of sustainability

  • Sarah Dempsey, AIB

Climate change in Ireland: Challenges and opportunities for Irish tourism

  • Prof. John Sweeney, Maynooth University

The sustainable agenda – Panel discussion

  • Maurice Buckley, Office of Public Works (OPW)
  • Marcus Treacy, The Killarney Park Hotel & The Ross
  • Tina O’Dwyer, The Tourism Space

Closing panel discussion

  • Eoghan Corry, Travel Industry commentator, author and broadcaster
  • Moira Murrell, Kerry County Council
  • John McGrillen, Tourism Northern Ireland
  • Jenny De Saulles, Fáilte Ireland
  • Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland

Ticket Price: €195.00

Read a synopsis of the discussions at the 2018 Let’s talk tourism National Tourism Forum here – Lets Talk Tourism 2018 White Paper.

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