Galway’s economy will be boosted next year to the tune of at least €7million as NUI Galway has secured several conference bids and will host 18 international conferences in 2016 with more than 5000 international delegates confirmed to attend. This is an increase of more than 250 percent on 2014 international conference visitors to the university, and is expected to boost the local economy by up to €7 million.
In the past year, NUI Galway hosted more than 100 events on campus attracting in excess of 12000 delegates while over 52000 summer visitors stayed in university residences attending a diverse range of events.
A large percentage of conferences which take place on campus are hosted by university staff in support of government strategy to attract more international visitors to the country. Conferences can have a significant impact on the local economy, with the average spend by an international conference delegate valued at €1400 according to figures by Fáilte Ireland, more than twice that of a leisure tourist.
Speaking about the university’s success in attracting international conferences, Dr. Jim Browne, president of NUI Galway said: “ The university has build a strong reputation for successfully hosting major international conferences in recent years.
“The excellent facilities and services available to support world-class events together with our experienced conference team have helped in securing several major international conferences up to 2020. We look forward to hosting these major events on our campus. The impact of this will be twofold; bringing real academic benefits for the university - networking, reputation and peer review, while also having an enormously important economic benefit to tourism and business in our region.”
Dr Jim Browne recently secured the bid to host the 2016 European University Association Conference in Galway, welcoming some 300 university presidents, rectors, vice - chancellors and senior staff from European universities.
Ann Duggan, manager of commercial services at NUI Galway, said “conferences and events are now a regular feature of campus life at NUI Galway. World-class conference and meeting spaces, restaurants accommodations and support services, complemented by a professional and dedicated event team have positioned NUI Galway as a leading destination in the international events marketplace.”
For more information on the range of support and services available for international events hosted at NUI Galway, please visit www.nuigalway.ie/events or contract Patricia Walsh by emailing tricia.walsh @nuigalway.ie or calling 091 493467.