Ireland becomes Destination Partner of International Association of Professional Congress Organisers
Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s National Tourism Development Authority, signs 2-year Destination Partnership agreement with IAPCO at IMEX Frankfurt trade fair
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has today announced its partnership with F�ilte Ireland, Ireland’s National Tourism Development Authority, sealing the 2-year Destination Partnership agreement at the industry trade fair, IMEX Frankfurt.
As an official IAPCO Destination Partner, Fáilte Ireland will strengthen its relations with the international community of Professional Congress Organisers through IAPCO’s highly accredited network of PCO members. Fáilte Ireland will also leverage the partnership, via its Business Events brand ‘Meet in Ireland‘, to showcase Ireland as a leading sustainable and socially conscious destination for international conferences.
Sarah Markey-Hamm, President of IAPCO, said: “We are delighted to have Failte Ireland as a new IAPCO Destination Partner. IAPCO’s global membership and community reach provides destinations with access to those that are at the sharp end of both destination and venue selection and congress delivery. Destinations that understand the strategic long-term social and economic value that can be achieved when working collaboratively with PCOs and their clients remain at the centre of our Destination Partnership programme and Failte Ireland exemplifies this commitment.”
Paul Mockler, Head of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to collaborating with IAPCO and see this partnership as an important milestone and platform to share the strides that Ireland’s business events industry is making in the area of sustainability and in working towards net zero carbon events. As part of the partnership, Fáilte Ireland is sponsoring a series of IAPCO’s UNSDG Spotlight features, which will be focused on Ireland’s plans to support our client needs around Sustainable Development Goals including climate action, equity and inclusion, and ensuring that business events hosted in Ireland, have a positive and lasting impact on our residents, communities and society as a whole.”
Ireland is the 9th destination to form a Destination Partnership agreement with IAPCO, joining Hamburg, Melbourne, Toronto, Dubai, Hong Kong, Rwanda, Athens and Japan.
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers – IAPCO, is a global not-for-profit organisation representing today 138 accredited business and professional events organisation companies in 40 countries. All Members have undergone a qualification process to become a Member of IAPCO and must continually demonstrate a high level of service through the IAPCO annual quality assessment audits. The IAPCO mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education, interaction with other professionals and research
About Fáilte Ireland
As the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the long-term sustainable growth in the economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution of tourism to Ireland. Fáilte Ireland works in partnership with Government, State agencies, Local Authorities, representative groups and industry, to develop tourism across Ireland by creating destination development plans and networks, investing in infrastructure, activities, visitor attractions and festivals. Fáilte Ireland also provides consumer and buyer insights, mentoring, business supports and training programmes and buyer platforms to help tourism businesses innovate and grow.