Dublin, Ireland has been selected to host the 2021 edition of SITE’s global conference.
Following a competitive RFP process with seven interested destinations, the association’s international board of directors chose Fáilte Ireland’s “Meet in Ireland” bid for a “comprehensive, wide-ranging submission that plays on the narrative of Dublin as ‘our village’, offering an intimate, deep, motivational experience on a backdrop of world-class hotels and venues, great global access and immense socio-cultural appeal”.
“While we received several strong submissions to host Global Conference in 2021, Meet in Ireland’s proposal was distinguished by a combination of powerful logistical considerations such as Dublin’s remarkable accessibility and a true sense of partnership with the entire destination working together as a single unit in support of the bid,” said Philip Eidsvold, CIS, CITP, president, SITE 2019 and vice-president, Strategic Alliances, One10.
Welcoming the news Ciara Gallagher, CIS, manager at Fáilte Ireland and lead for the Meet in Ireland submission, said, “We’re delighted to welcome SITE back to Ireland. There has always been a close relationship between Ireland and SITE going right back to the Society’s foundation in 1973 when Anne Wold Graham, an employee at the Irish Tourist Board in New York, became SITE’s first president. This was a true pan-destination submission and our entire local team is looking forward to co-creating with SITE a truly unique Global Conference with Dublin as your village”.
Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP, CEO of SITE noted, “SITE Ireland has become our biggest chapter outside of North America with over 120 members. With established chapters in nearby Scotland and Great Britain, resurgent chapters in Germany, Benelux, Spain and Italy and other new European chapters coming online soon, we’re looking forward to a Global Conference in Dublin in February 2021 with a distinctive European flavour and feel”
SITE Global Conference 2020 will take place in Vancouver, Canada from 24 – 27 January 2020. Visit our SITE Global Conference 2020 website for further details and to express your interest in attending. Site Global Conference 2021 will be held February 4-7, 2021 in Dublin, Ireland.
About Fáilte Ireland
Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority for Ireland. Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the Irish tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination.
About Meet in Ireland
Meet In Ireland is the official Business Tourism brand for the Island of Ireland. Owned and managed by Fáilte Ireland, it facilitates a partnership with Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland to promote Ireland as a world-class destination for Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events.
About Incentive Travel & SITE
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is the only business events association dedicated exclusively to the global incentive travel industry. Founded in 1973, it is a professional association of 2,500 members located in 90 countries, working in corporations, agencies, airlines, cruise companies and across the entire destination supply chain. It brings value to its members at both global and local chapter level by networking, online resources, education, certification and advocacy. SITE Foundation was established by SITE to support research, education and advocacy projects on behalf of the incentive travel industry. Monies raised by the SITE Foundation help us make the business case for incentive travel and highlight the transformational potential of travel experiences on individuals, enterprises and communities. The SITE Foundation is a registered charity holding a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization status.