Various government incentives including the introduction of a Conference Ambassador Programme, are available to help you bring an international event to Dublin. We are here to assist and advise, ensuring that you get the most of your time at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), and in Dublin.
Our specialist Account Managers have expert knowledge of the association market and are well-acquainted with the competitive bidding process that can be required to attract prestigious events to the city. Working on your behalf, we offer the following complimentary services.
If you are interested in learning more about hosting an international conference in Dublin, you might like to attend one of our short breakfast seminars. The seminars feature presentations on financial and operational support for conference hosts from representatives of Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) and the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO). You can also hear from a panel of local conference ambassadors who share their individual experiences and thoughts on hosting international meetings.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending the next Breakfast Seminar.
Everyone who attends one of our breakfast seminars is eligible for our ambassador's bursary initiative. This offers full payment of registration fees for one of our local ambassadors to attend their international association conference. We will select one ambassador to receive this funding after our final breakfast seminar of the year. This is our way of supporting you in your association membership and promoting the benefits of attending and networking at your international conference.
We can also advise you on additional organisations that may be able to support your bid, including the following.
Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB) provides financial and practical aid for international conferences and associations bidding to choose Dublin as a host destination.
DCB can assist with the initial bid document and provide support towards the travel and accommodation costs associated with the bid. It will also financially support and co-ordinate site visits for your decision makers, and give you impartial advice and information on venues, accommodation and entertainment options.
DCB also provides a financial contribution towards the marketing and promotion of your conference in order to maximise delegate attendance and ensure its success, and offers complimentary maps and tourist information guides for your delegates.
DCB can also guide you through Fáilte Ireland’s Conference Ambassador Programme, which identifies and supports Irish representatives from professional associations and encourages them to invite their conferences to Ireland.
Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Conference and Workshop Programme facilitates international and national conferences and workshops taking place in Ireland that encourage dissemination and collaboration on research topics of timely importance covered by its legal remit.
There are four different award types which can be applied for: Conferences; Exceptional Conferences; Workshops; and Conference Bids. Different award types are eligible for different maximum funding amounts. You must apply for this funding at least three months before a workshop or the final bid presentation for a conference, at least six months before your conference and not more than 12 months before your event, unless it is an Exceptional Conference.
Aer Lingus is Ireland’s national airline and operates direct flights to Dublin from over 70 destinations in 24 countries. Aer Lingus offers support for event organisers and delegates travelling to Dublin through discounts on airfares, support for site inspections, keynote speaker tickets and access to the airline’s new Gold Circle Lounge at Dublin Airport. The airline also has a portal facility on its website, which is used to partner with conference and event organisers and simplify the booking process for individuals and delegates travelling to Ireland.
If you would like to showcase Dublin and enhance the global reputation of Ireland’s researchers, contact us today, and let us help you make this dream become a reality.
"We are very grateful to all the staff at The CCD for their expertise, efficiency and courtesy. This was very much appreciated by the ESPE Council, Bioscientifica and all the delegates who enjoyed an excellent scientific programme and a very memorable meeting." Professor Hilary Hoey, Local Ambassador and President of ESPE 2014