• Cyril McAree

Galway Conference and Events Company Go West Delivers Virtual Conference for 1,200 Delegates

The award winning, Galway based, Go West Conference and Events Company, marks its 25th year of highly successful Conference and Events organising solutions by embracing the virtual reality of business tourism during COVID19 as it hosts an 1,000 delegate National Virtual Conference.





Currently hosting the EPA, National Water Events, “Restoring Our Waters”, virtual conference for 1,200 delegates from across Ireland, Go West’s long established strategy for virtual conference and events business has very much come to fruition in the current COVID19 pandemic.


Award winning and renowned nationally and internationally as a Conference and Events Specialist organiser, Go West recently relocated to the GTEIC Suite of offices in the coastal Gaeltacht Village of Spiddal in Connemara to fully implement its ambitions for a more sustainable Conference and Events business, embracing the future of technology and virtual business events. GTeic, or gteic@An Spidéal is a state of the art innovation and digital hub where the unique Gaeltacht culture drives creativity and innovation in tandem with a growing digital ecosystem. This creates the ideal location for Go West to position itself as a national and west of Ireland leader in virtual conference and events organising.


Go West was an integral member of the Rheumatology Toolbox series of educational meetings and online webinars which has since moved into a more mainstream association. As their conference and events specialist organiser, Go West is already widely recognised for hosting successful virtual events having previously achieved a commendation from the Irish Healthcare Awards for the Best Education Project in it’s handling of online events and webinars.


Directors, and Galway Business women, Kerry O Sullivan and Kathleen Mc Donagh, as Go West is a key member of the AIPCO, the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers, who collectively generate in excess of €74m in business tourism to the Irish economy. Go West currently holds the title of Best Professional Conference Organiser in Ireland in the Irish Events Category 2019. An accolade based on delivery of excellent service, innovation and attention to detail for its extensive client base many of whom have done business with Go West since its formative years. It’s reputation for events such as Rhuematology Toolbox, DotMD Conferences and events, and Food on the Edge are examples which showcase the extent of superior service, innovation and attention to detail Go West delivers for it’s clients whether a Business Association, Network, Multi National or International client.


Recognising the growing importance of virtual communications and international speaker links during such high profile events has led Go West to seamlessly embrace hosting and delivering virtual conference and events in the current lockdown situation. It’s virtual events strategy is fully implemented to host and deliver the live streaming of events, managing online registration processes, delegate communications and event materials, speakers, their technical and visual requirements along side event running orders in real time during events. Originally for 2020, Go West were booked to host 20 large conferences across Galway City, By implementing a virtual experience, Go West retain contact with many of its clients, delivering their events management service with a view to bringing such events to the Galway economy in the future and post the pandemic.


COVID19 has changed the tourism, hospitality, travel, conference and events landscape worldwide and the industry sector is now under severe pressure with the necessary restrictions to halt the spread of the virus. Business and commerce is rapidly becoming a virtual sphere and while Go West wholeheartedly embrace this, it’s achieved in a highly professional manner while retaining the tradition of personal service on the virtual platform.

Go West’s future virtual events ambitions is key to retaining Business Tourism in Galway and the West of Ireland in particular as it is will continue to be a much needed service.


Events and Conferences must continue in the business world across all business and industry sectors to educate, train and maintain knowledge and business engagement. Go West’s experience and service in the sector coupled with its now growing virtual service via it’s GTeic office hub ensures the viability of Business tourism albeit on a smaller scare for the immediate future. Retaining such small businesses and the employment they provide along with the services also opens up Go West to a worldwide audience from it’s Connemara Gaeltacht location in Spiddal. Go West is also a bilingual company offering a full Irish Language service.


For full details on all of Go West services, log onto www.gowest.ie



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