Tourism Industry Day

Visit Cork to host Tourism Industry Day 

Thursday February 10th

Visit Cork, the official tourism body for the Cork region, is hosting an in-person briefing for everyone involved in the tourism industry on Thursday 10th February at Fota Island Resort Hotel. The event is to be addressed by An Taoiseach Micheal Martin who will join virtually to offer his support to the wider tourism industry in Cork.

This is the first in-person tourism briefing to take place in Cork since March 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Visit Cork has continued to communicate with the tourism industry throughout the pandemic, most notably running online familiarisation sessions which attracted weekly audiences of up to 100 attendees. However, Thursday’s event is a welcome break from meeting virtually and will be a great opportunity to hear about recovery plans from key industry stakeholders.

Anyone involved in tourism, or in attracting visitors to Cork, is invited to attend the Tourism Industry Day, from accommodation and experience providers to festival and event organisations.  Attendees will gain an insight into Visit Cork’s achievements over the past two years and recovery plans for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau).  They will be joined by their partners in Fáilte Ireland and Cork Airport.

It promises to be a highly interactive, dynamic session with an opening address from Gerard O’ Mahoney Chair of Visit Cork, Seamus Heaney Head of Visit Cork, Evelyn O'Sullivan Manager of Cork Convention Bureau, Sam Johnson Manager Convention Bureaux of Ireland, Brian O’Flynn Head of Ireland’s Ancient East and Brian Gallagher Head of Aviation and Commercial Business Development Cork Airport.  It’s also a fantastic opportunity to network with industry colleagues once again.

Commenting on the industry event, Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork, said, “Tourism has had an unbelievably difficult time over the last 2 years and now more than ever we need to ensure the correct supports are in place to facilitate the recovery. We encourage everyone involved in the tourism industry in Cork to attend our Visit Cork Industry Day and explore how they can work with Pure Cork and Cork Convention Bureau to enhance their business and help collectively promote all that Cork has to offer to domestic and international business and leisure visitors.”

The Visit Cork Industry Day will take place from 10.00am-12.30pm, with registration and refreshments from 9.30am. It is an open invitation to any individual or business involved in tourism in Cork (City and County).

Register today for the industry day on  or contact



For further details on Visit Cork or interviews contact

Niamh Murphy, ETC 087 0617705

Schedule for the morning:

  • 9.30am: Enjoy some light refreshments while catching up with industry colleagues
  • 9:50am: Welcome from Jonathan Healy
  • 10:00am: Introductory address from Gerard O’Mahoney (Chair of Visit Cork)
  • 10.10am: Visit Cork Update from Seamus Heaney (Head of Visit Cork) and Evelyn O’Sullivan (Manager of Cork Convention Bureau)
  • 11:00am: Fáilte Ireland Update from Sam Johnston (Meet in Ireland) and Brian O’Flynn (Head of Ireland’s Ancient East)
  • 11.30am: Remote address from An Taoiseach Micheál Martin
  • 12:00pm: Cork Airport Update from Brian Gallagher (Head of Aviation & Commercial Business Development)
  • 12:20pm: Q&A

This is an open invitation to any individual or business involved in tourism in Cork (City and County) to attend. We would be delighted to see you there in person on the day and to sign up please click on the link below: