UNDER pressure tourism industry professionals in Kerry have been invited to participate in a nationwide event, organised by the Irish Hospitality Institute, which will focus on rebuilding business, trends defining the sector and the retention of talent
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, tourism futurist Valentina Doorly, travel writer Pól O’Conghaile and other industry experts will speak at the tourism professionals’ day which takes place virtually on November 26.
It will provide a platform for owners and managers to discuss the critical issues facing the industry and the aim is to provide support and solidarity at a critical time for the hospitality and tourism industry.
Decision makers from hotels, restaurants, attractions, tourism, travel and education are invited to attend free of charge.
One of the panel sessions will be led by internationally renowned tourism futurist Valentina Doorly from The Future Cube, who will look at the megatrends shaping the world that will dictate the future of the tourism and hospitality industry and how business models need to adapt to rebuild.
Travel writer Pól O’Conghaile, meanwhile, will lead a second panel discussion on what 2021 will look like from a travel perspective and what it will mean for the industry.
The speakers will look at what makes for a good staycation experience in a Covid world, lessons learned from the last recession that are applicable no, and sustainability in the tourism industry.
Other speakers will include ITIC chairperson Ruth Andrews, Fáilte Ireland’s Jenny De Saulles, President of the Irish Hotels’ Federation Elaina Fitzgerald Kane and Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO Adrian Cummins.
President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will close proceedings with a keynote address to the industry.
The event, supported by Fáilte Ireland, is being run by the Irish Hospitality Institute, the professional body for managers in the hotel, tourism and catering industries in Ireland. To register see www.ihi.ie.
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