Maurice Honoured By Fáilte Ireland For Bringing Conference To Kerry

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Paul Kelly, Fáilte Ireland’s CEO presenting Maurice Galway with his National Conference Ambassador Recognition Award at a ceremony in Christ Church Cathedral.

THE founder and CEO/Artistic Director of the Dingle International Film Festival has been honoured for his work in bringing an international conference to Kerry at a Fáilte Ireland awards ceremony in Dublin.

Maurice Galway was honoured for bringing Animation Ireland’s International Conference to the county in 2015.

Fáilte Ireland commended the efforts of Maurice and its strong team of Conference Ambassadors, including leading academics and industry experts, who have collectively brought over 1,500 international conferences worth €766.5m to Irish shores to date, with a further €130m worth of conferences to take place across the country from 2019-2026.

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The event also honoured Chris England who brought the International Commission for Alpine Rescue Conference 2015 to Killarney, which along with Maurice Galway’s efforts, had brought two significant international conferences to Kerry, worth over €1.3m.  The recipients were nominated for an award by the Irish conference and meetings industry.

Over 75 per cent of all international association conferences which come to Ireland do so at the direct invitation of a local Irish member or host, something Fáilte Ireland maximises through its Conference Ambassador Programme.

Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland Manager, Ciara Gallagher, added: “Winning international conferences is not only lucrative in terms of generating significant revenue for Kerry, they also leave a lasting legacy with regard to being recognised as a centre of innovation and excellence in a given field. At Fáilte Ireland, we are always looking to recruit expert Conference Ambassadors to help bring future business to Ireland.”

Becky Hargrove, Sales Manager at Kerry Convention Bureau, said: “Kerry Convention Bureau were delighted to attend this fantastic event alongside our Kerry Conference Ambassadors and share in the celebrations as they received their awards.”

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