IAAT Annual Conference 2018
Location: Mullingar Park Hotel
Dates: 5th & 6th December 2018
Day 1 Wednesday 5th December – Adventure Networking
10:00 Day of Adventure – Exploring the Royal Canal and Old Rail Trail by Foot and Bike
20:00 Networking evening – Irish Adventure Film Festival – The best of 2018, Courtyard Bar, Mullingar Park Hotel
Day 2 Thursday 6th December – Conference
09:45 Opening Address
Rob Rankin, Chairman, IAAT
Una Doris, Tourism Officer, Westmeath County Council
10:20 Fáilte Ireland
Fiona Monaghan, Head of Activities, Fáilte Ireland
10:40 An Industry Strategy for Growth to 2025
Eoghan O Mara Walsh, CEO, ITIC
11:00 Leave no trace training courses
Maura Lyons, Manager, Leave No Trace Ireland
11:20 Coffee Break
11:40 Keynote – Bobby Kerr
Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, former Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Chain, Presenter on NewstalkFM and was ‘Dragons Den, Presenter & Co-Producer of Along Home Shores
12:20 Panel 1 – On the beaten track, where to now?
14:00 “Leaving No Trace in the Irish Countryside: Effecting Behavioural Change of Recreationists”
Noel Doyle, PhD Candidate in the Institute of Technology Tralee
14:20 Panel 2 Guiding an Adventure, are you qualified enough?
14:50 Insurance – A mutual approach for Ireland
Martin Devaney, Risk & Insurance Consultant, Regis Mutual Management Ltd
15:10 Panel 3 Unlocking the funds & supports to grow your business
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Tourism Ireland Global Marketing 2019
Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland
16:05 Panel 4 Are you selling what they are buying?
16:40 Sustaining Success, Fáilte Ireland plans for 2019
Paul Kelly, CEO, Fáilte Ireland
17:00 Closing Message
17:15 Conference Ends
This is a provisional programme and is subject to change, but we will endeavour to only change it for the better.
This event is brought to you in association with Visit Westmeath
Visit Westmeath: Discover your Next Adventure!
For an adventure you won’t forget, visit Westmeath, nestled in the very centre of Ireland, where Ireland’s Ancient East meets Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Known as the ‘Lake County’ and traversed by the Royal Canal and iconic river Shannon, opportunities to get on the water are in abundance, and popular activities include kayaking, boat tours, cruising, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. With an astounding 89km of off-road greenway, Westmeath is ideal for a cycling challenge or a leisurely pedal through the serene midlands landscape, away from the bustle and traffic. The Old Rail Trail Greenway traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway, from Mullingar to Athlone, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges. The Royal Canal Greenway, almost encircles Mullingar Town and offers a truly tranquil experience. For a gentle stroll or a long distance hike, a variety of way-marked walking trails offer the chance to explore our ancient lands, native woodlands and lakeshore havens. For more information, visit www.mullingar.ie, www.visitwestmeath.ie or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!