Among the recipients were two men who brought significant events to Kerry in 2015 - Chris England (the International Commission for Alpine Rescue Conference) and Maurice Galwey (Animation Ireland’s International Conference).
The impact of such occasions was outlined by the Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland, Paul Kelly:
“Each international conference delegate that comes to Ireland is worth three times as much as the average leisure tourist, and that is why this sector is particularly important to the work that we do in Fáilte Ireland – so much so that we are increasing our investment in this sector by 12%. The vast majority of international conferences in Ireland would not have been won without our Conference Ambassadors – and the success they have had since our initiative launched nine years ago has been phenomenal.
Held at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney, the event attracted over 230 guests, among them Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin. Music was provided by The Bugle Babes, a 1940s style close-harmony trio.
“It was a great night,” said Niamh, “and an opportunity for hoteliers to celebrate Christmas and to acknowledge the industries and organisations which support us.”