Into Kildare, Tourism Industry Event

David McWilliams, Ecomist and Keynote Speaker at Into Kildare
David McWilliams, Economist and Keynote Speaker at Into Kildare

Inspiring speakers will be at the first industry-led conference hosted by a local tourism office Into Kildare, this year. They include a keynote address by the popular economist David McWilliams. The MC will be Barry Murphy of Aprés Match and the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD will also attend. Other panellists will be announced over the next week.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr. McWilliams said “I’m delighted to be speaking at this event and to have the ability to meet and engage with people face to face again.” 

“I spoke last year about the quick recovery of the Irish economy post-pandemic, and the domestic tourism market certainly has seen a fruitful couple of months. It will be an interesting and lively discussion and I’m interested to hear the perspectives of those on the ground,” he added. 

Deputy Martin welcomed the event and said it was important for tourism and hospitality industry employees to come together again. 

She said: “I’m very happy to support and attend Into Kildare’s tourism gathering and it is very much welcomed that we can host events such as this and come together in person again. The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for all of the tourism and hospitality industry. 

“We were very fortunate to have a good domestic summer but we are still in a recovery phase and it will be important for key industry leaders and workers to come together and present a united approach as we look to restore inbound overseas tourism figures and I am looking forward to meeting and engaging with those who attend the tourism gathering,” Minister Martin concluded. 

Into Kildare Tourism Gathering

tourism industry event

Into Kildare CEO Áine Mangan said: “We were keen to host this conference to offer people a space to meet with each other again after such a challenging period for everyone in both the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

“We have all individually learned lessons and will have our own stories to share from navigating through the last two years, but it is our collective learnings and shared perspectives that we are really looking forward to discussing here at the conference with a view to looking positively towards the future – both in 2022 and beyond.” 

The Into Kildare Tourism Gathering is the latest event that Into Kildare has facilitated in recent months in an effort to unite members of the tourism and hospitality industries, and to encourage engagement with the surrounding local businesses and communities, promoting a collaborative, unified approach to economic and social development. 

Tickets to the gathering are €80 each and include lunch. The event takes place on Wednesday 17 November from 10am to 5pm at Kilkea Castle. Click here to book.

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