Eight Australian MICE practitioners, six nights, three amazing partners and a million laughs! This was how our educational program to Dublin broke down in numerical form but Ireland is not a country to be experienced through figures. It is a wonderfully warm and inviting country full of natural storytellers, inviting bars, local characters and of course the famous craic.
With the combined effect of Emirates flying daily in to Dublin and a strong Australian dollar, there is no better time to introduce Ireland as the perfect destination for incentives, meetings and events.
We enjoyed a brief stopover in Dubai en route to Dublin thanks to UAE’s premier DMC, Arabian Adventures, staying at the always-enchanting Madinat Jumeirah, which made the journey to Ireland even more enjoyable.
Once in Dublin, multi award winning DMC Event Partners delivered a creative and thoughtful program including a Segway tour of Phoenix Park and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where we learnt to pull the perfect pint! Next it was a picturesque trip to county Wicklow to get some tips on playing the traditional game of Hurling and quality control some Baileys, before heading further south to enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the legendary Gap Of Dunloe.
Ireland offers an amazing array of hotels, ranging from traditional to contemporary and our participants were treated to some of the finest. Starting at The Shelbourne Hotel, where we enjoyed dinner at the very table that the Irish constitution was drafted on, we moved on to the majesty and grandeur of Adare Manor, on the West Coast. In Killarney, we stayed at a property that boasts eight meeting rooms, a boardroom and its own exhibition space as well as the ESPA resort spa complex; the world-renowned Europe Hotel. It is clear that Ireland can comfortably cater for any event.
Participants agree that we will forever think of Ireland as being the small country with a big heart!
Special thanks to Emirates, Arabian Adventures and Event Partners.
Arabian Adventures and Event Partners are represented in Australia by PillowMINT.
Photo Caption: (L-R) Laura Richards (Incentive Business), Paul Reitberger (Conference Resources), Rebecca Easterman (PillowMINT), Megan Isles (Axis Events), Rebecca Leahy (Incentive Action), Keith Christenson (212F), Larissa Tracey (Platinum Travel Corporation), Justine Jones (EJP Productions), John Costelloe (Event Partners), Yvette Bortolussi (Donna Barlow Corporate Travel) with a couple of locals we picked up along the way!