A combination of professional outcomes, a strong destination, networking and development opportunities are key motivators for enticing conference attendees. Delegates are looking to be inspired to travel so selecting the right destination is essential to the success of every conference and therefore, pre and post-conference activities are important considerations with many delegates choosing to extend their stay around the conference. Located on Ireland’s southwest coast, Cork is often referred to as the “real capital” of Ireland, and for good reason. It is home to excellent conference facilities of all sizes, a wealth of cultural activities and world-class accommodation. Cork has proven a very popular choice for both our leisure and business clients throughout the years.
Arriving to Cork couldn’t be easier with over 55 direct access routes from Europe and the United States of America. Cork airport is located a short 10-minute drive from the city. Cork’s ferry terminal is conveniently situated just 15 kilometres from the city centre. Cork is linked to Dublin International Airport via motorway and takes approximately 2.5 hours driving.
Ireland’s second largest city is often referred to as the rebel county and is a spirited cosmopolitan city with its own unique energy and character. It boasts high quality meeting venues including conference and convention facilities that will truly connect people. Every venue provides excellent state-of-the-art facilities, first-class amenities and easy transfers within Ireland. Accommodation is widely available from five-star luxury suites and apartments, to boutique and budget hotels – something to suit every budget and there is significant investment in the immediate pipeline for new hotel rooms.
Cork plays host to a vast cluster of some of the world’s biggest companies across every industry. Big employers here include Quest, Big Fish Games, GE Healthcare, Apple, Schaefer Gmbh, Dell EMC, BioMarin International, BNY Mellon Asset Services, Eventbrite , Citco Fund Services, Otterbox, Boston Scientific, Huawei Technologies, Yves Rocher and GlaxoSmithKline. Hosting a conference in Cork gives clients greater opportunities to engage with these businesses and industries and collaborate with world-leading expertise.
Successful businesses and leaders create value by using conferences and meetings as an opportunity to exchange views, face challenges and inspire progress. Cork brings a unique global perspective with close geographical proximity to much of Europe and the USA, quality infrastructure and experienced local industry. Everyday costs like transfers and meals are reasonably priced compared with most big cities and all taxes are included in hotels and accommodation and tipping is not obligatory but is gratefully accepted for good service.
Business and Leisure
Striking a balance between opportunities to connect with peers and to discover the destination is the optimum scenario for delegates and is a key factor for conference success. Choosing a conference location that integrates learning and leisure and allows delegates the opportunity to explore the destination outside of the conference will make the event more appealing. Experiential considerations include food, wine, local culture and historical attraction all of which Cork has in abundance. Providing delegates with a social program could not be easier with hurling, soccer, rugby, breweries, gothic architecture, breath taking scenery, stunning cathedrals and castles, golf, Cork city Gaol, galleries, Titanic’s final port of call, Spike island, famous English Market, local pubs, traditional music sessions all within easy access of the city.
Ireland competes strongly on the world stage as an exciting destination to visit with Cork as the ultimate destination for business tourism. Selecting a conference venue in Cork will ensure high delegate participation and satisfy all expectations for client success. Cork is brimming with unique experiences and venues with state-of-the-art facilities making it a city that not only lives up to client expectations but exceeds them.