Why Ireland for Your Next Meeting or Event?
There are scores of reasons why meetings, convention and incentive groups love Ireland. It's easily accessible, endlessly exciting and steeped in tradition, with picturesque settings ranging from the rugged natural beauty and spectacular coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way to the buzz and excitement of Dublin. And that's not all: The destination was ranked 12th in the world in 2020 for health and safety by Vision of Humanity, proof of the destination's ability to combine safety, sustainability, support and value, all with a warm Irish welcome.
Only in Ireland
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Céad míle fáilte, which translates to one-hundred-thousand welcomes,
is what visitors can expect the minute they step
foot on the Emerald Isle.
The people are passionate about
welcoming international visitors and showcasing the country’s culture.
Ireland excels at offering unique experiences, from traditional music sessions in a local pub to outdoor excursions along scenic coastal paths, from story-telling sessions in thatched-roof cottages to archery lessons on castle grounds that look straight out of a fairy tale. Whether attendees are foodies, outdoor adventurers or top performers seeking relaxation, they will find myriad memorable options that are a far cry from standard activities.
Beyond the unique experiences, meeting and incentive planners will also find a wealth of group-friendly facilities, including two convention centers, 60,000 hotel rooms and more than 230 venues and hotel event spaces. The nation's prominence on the international stage is also underscored by the fact that it's home to nine universities; more than 45 hospitals; 1,200 multinational companies, and more than 45 centers of excellence.
In addition to being the only English-speaking
gateway to the Eurozone, the future-focused destination offers strong industry
sectors in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, information and
communication technology and agriculture.
Taxes: VAT, 9%, which is applied to food and drink served in restaurants and hotels, as well as hotel and guesthouse accommodations.
CVB Contact: Meet in Ireland
Local Currency: Euro
Power: 230 volt/50Hz
Time Zone: Irish Standard Time in the summer and Greenwich Mean Time in the winter (5 hours ahead of EDT)
Less than a six-hour flight from the East Coast of the
United States, Ireland is the only European country that offers U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Preclearance at its airports.
Flights between the U.S. and Ireland are offered at the following airports:
- Dublin Airport, about 8.5 miles from Dublin. Transfer cost by taxi, about $30, by bus, about $8
- Shannon Airport, about 3.5 miles from Shannon. Transfer cost by taxi, about $15, by bus, about $2.50.