Effortlessly combining the traditional with the modern, the historic with the contemporary, and the dynamic with that famous Irish laid-back quality, Dublin is an exciting and inspirational city eager to extend a warm welcome to business tourists from across the globe. Scoring high on essential criteria such as accessibility, facilities and service, Dublin delivers in its own inimitable way.
Dublin is a breath of fresh air, a truly unique capital that’s steeped in tradition yet young at heart. In the historic, compact city centre there are lots to do and see, and visitors will love the rich selection of galleries, museums, restaurants, pubs and shops, not to mention the traditionally warm welcome from Dubliners.
Traditionally high visitor turnout:
World-renowned for our warm welcome and genuine sense of fun, the Irish people’s enviable passion for life promises to entice colleagues and peers from around the globe, guaranteeing high attendance at any international event.
Ireland ideally located on the edge of Europe, is less than an hour from London, less than two hours from Paris or Brussels and just six hours from the east coast of the US by air. Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest airport, with over 98 airlines flying to over 185 destinations, including direct scheduled daily flights from North America, mainland Europe, Britain and regular flights from the Middle East. Dublin International Airport is only 12KM from the city centre and the city itself is small and compact, and is tailor-made for carefree exploring by foot. It also has an excellent transport system, which includes anurban rail system (DART), a stylish new tram network (Luas) and an extensive citywide and national bus service. Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced by international standards.
A proven track record:
A proven track record in Handling Major International events Dublin hosted the 2003 Special Olympics (the first time it was held outside the US), the 2006 The Ryder Cup (at the K Club in Kildare, just outside Dublin) and the early stages of the 1998 Tour de France, the world’s best known bicycle race.
Dublin is a safe and welcoming city with a strong, stable economy. Over the last fifteen years, Ireland’s rate of economic growth has been the highest among member nations of the European Union. The city is one of the friendliest in Europe and maintains a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
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City, sea and countryside all within easy reach means activities such as golf, horse riding, hiking, 4x4 offroad driving, teambuilding, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, hot air ballooning, car racing to name but a few are at your fingertips.
A wealth of cultural visitor attractions such as Trinity College Dublin & the Book of Kells, The Guinness storehouse, Dublin Castle, The Old Jameson Distillery, National Art Gallery, Dublinia, St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all in the heart of the city within easy distance of each other.
Unique Transport Options - Get a different view of Dublin with a tour of the city by horse & carriage, eco bike, high speed ribs around Dublin Bay, by land and water with the amphibious Viking Ducks or by vintage bus or car –all take group bookings.
Unusual venues from castles to hospitals, stadia to vaults and breweries to colleges are all available as conference and dining venues and will guarantee the WOW factor for your event.
Price/Value Relationship - Dublin offers wonderful hotels, unique venues and fantastic food, all at competitive prices. Add to this breathtaking scenery, lively cosy pubs, friendly locals and foot tapping, hand clapping traditional music and you have unbeatable value for money.
Unesco City of Literature - with writers such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, WB Yeats, John Synge, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker all hailing from Ireland’s capital, Dublin was awarded the Unesco City of literature in 2010 for its’ ongoing contribution to the literary world.
The Dublin Pass includes access to over 27 of Dublin’s top attractions as well as over 20 added value facilities plus a one way ticket on the Aircoach - available at a discounted price to conference delegates!
Knowledge Capital - Experienced professionals, world-class researchers, multi-national organisations and innovative start-ups have all made Dublin their home. Over 1,200 overseas companies have chosen Ireland as their European base and are involved in a wide range of activities in sectors as diverse as e-Business, ICT, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial and international services. Half the world’s top fifty banks have operations in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in central Dublin. In total, there are almost four hundred and thirty international institutions directly operating from Dublin with a further seven hundred managed entities carrying on business under the IFSCprogramme. Ireland is a key location for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry in Europe. Nine of the top ten companies in the world have operations in Ireland. Ireland is also home to thirteen of the world’s top twenty medical device companies. There are eighty three overseas healthcare companies and over half of these companies are involved in research and development, with a number of companies having dedicated research and development centres. The top ten independent software companies in the world all have significant operations in Ireland.
Dublin is European headquarters for many major ICT, financial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies such as Google, Face book, Mercke Sharpe & Dohme, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, FI-Tech, HVB Bank, Populis, DEPVA Bank, DTS, Kelloggs and Aviva. Other companies with a strong presence in Dublin and its environs include Pfizer, Astrazenica, United Drug, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Citi, Glaxosmithkline to name but a few.