A ‘must-attend’ for anyone involved or interested in adventure tourism, the 2019 conference of Ireland’s Association for Adventure Tourism (IAAT) will take place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November in Charleville Park Hotel, Co Cork.

And in great news for Outsider readers, you can buy tickets at a discounted rate of €99 per ticket.

DAY 1 will offer delegates the opportunity to experience a range of activities in the Munster Vales region (FULL ITINERARY HERE) with dinner, entertainment and a networking event that evening.

DAY 2 will include a series of key insights with talks from industry leaders:

  • Paul Kelly (CEO, Fáilte Ireland)
  • Eoghan O’Mara Walsh (CEO, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation)
  • Rob Rankin (Chairman, IAAT)
  • Key Note: Mike O’Shea (Adventurer & Businessman)
  • Ciara Myburgh (EcoTourism Ireland)
  • Michael Lennon (President, Irish Hotels Federation)
  • Key Note: Jim Bonney (Adventurer & Motivational speaker)

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions will take place as follows:

  • INSURANCE – The Insurance Crisis Panelists: Peter Boland (Alliance for Insurance Reform), Harry Thompson (Worldwide), Brendan O’Connell (RDJ Solicitors), Derek Binchy (Fota Adventure)
  • PR/MARKETING – Getting Your Story Told at Home and Abroad Panelists: Sharon Plunkett (Plunkett PR), Róisín Finlay (Outsider Magazine), Yvonne Gordon (Travel Writer), Marie Brouder, Brouder Marketing
  • GUIDE MANAGEMENT & STANDARDS for Adventure Tourism Panelists: Tony Wright (Sport Ireland), Jim Kennedy (Atlantic Sea Kayaking), Trevor Fisher (Tollymore National Training Centre), Jane Carney, Mountaineering Ireland

There will also be two concurrent breakout sessions in the afternoon covering:

  • Option 1: Accessing Public Funding
  • Option 2: Financial Planning for Seasonal Businesses – Brexit and beyond

Lunch is also included on the day and the full itinerary is available HERE.

To buy your tickets with your special Outsider discount, CLICK HERE.

This year’s event is taking place with the support of official event partner Cork County Council, and in conjunction with Munster Vales and Ballyhoura Development.

By Roisin Finlay

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