AVEA annual conference to showcase the talent behind Ireland’s visitor attractions
‘Our People, Our Future’ will be the anchoring theme of this year’s Association for Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AVEA) Annual Conference, celebrating the unique talent within the sector. The two-day event being hosted by the representative body for the visitor experience and attractions industry runs from 17th – 18th October in the Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford.
Day 1 of the conference will be dedicated to showcasing the exciting career opportunities within the sector, looking at how to encourage new talent in while fostering the skills of existing personnel. While Day 2 will be designed around the concept of ‘learning journeys’ where delegates will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of being a visitor through four separate sessions at various Wexford tourist attractions.
The conference will be opened by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD. Keynote speaker Dr Paul Redmond, from the University of Liverpool, will discuss the sentiments of millennial customers, and how businesses respond to evolving visitor needs and wants. Panel discussions will be MCed by broadcaster and journalist, Olivia O’Leary.
Other speakers across the two days include:
- Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland
- Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland
- John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Northern Ireland
- Tom Enright, CEO of Wexford County Council
- Liam Griffin, Wexford hotelier
- Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museums of Ireland
- Aileesh Carew, Director of EPIC Ireland’s Emigration Museum
- Barry O’Connor, Director of Westport House
- Dominic Dillane, Head of School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at TU Dublin
- Tina Maree, National Executive Officer, Irish Hospitality Institute
For more about the AVEA 2022 Annual Conference including booking details see: www.avea.ie