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“TOURISM IN RECESSIONARY TIMES” A National Tourism Conference organised by Clare Tourist Council in conjunction with Clare County Council will take place on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th January 2013 in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland.

Thursday, 17th January 2013
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm Conference Registration

Friday, 18th January 2013
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm Registration Conference M.C. Flan Garvey, Chairman, Organising Committee.
3.30 pm Official Opening: Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP
SESSION 1 CHAIRPERSON: Siobhán Garvey, Marketing and Development Officer, KIlrush Town Council
4.00 pm - 4.20 pm “The Gathering Ireland 2013” Speaker: Mr. Jim Miley, Project Director, The Gathering
4.20 pm - 4.40 pm “Folklore and Tourism - Issues and Opportunities” Speaker: Tomás Mac Conmara, Cuimhneamh An Chláir.
4.40 pm - 5.00 pm Open Forum
7.30 pm Drinks Reception sponsored by Falls Hotel and Clare Tourist Council.
8.00 pm Dinner followed by Dancing with Danny Hunt.

Saturday, 19th January 2013
10.00 am Breakfast
SESSION 2 Chairman: Alex Mac Donald, Western Isles
11.00 am - 11.20 am “Getting it Together ” Speaker: Mary Blake, Tourism Development Officer, Derry City Council.
11.20 am - 11.40 am “The Importance of Training and Marketing” Speaker: Kay Fitzgerald, Head of Hotel Catering and Tourism, Institute of Technology, Tralee.
11.40 am - 12.00 noon “Outdoor Pursuits - The Mayo Experience” Speaker: Peter Hynes, County Manager, Mayo County Council.
12.00 noon - 12.20 pm Open Forum
12.20 pm - 12.30 pm Coffee
SESSION 3 Chairman: John Mooney, Dunadry Hotel, Co. Antrim
12.30 pm - 12.50 pm “Delivering The West Atlantic Way” Speaker: Paddy Mathews, Manager, Destination Development, Fáilte Ireland.
12.50 pm - 1.10 pm “The World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Experience” Speakers: Claire Bradshaw, Head of Sales and Marketing, Titanic Centre, Belfast.
1.10 pm - 1.30 pm Open Forum.
1.30 pm Lunch
7.30 pm Drinks Reception sponsored by Falls Hotel and Clare Tourist Council.
8.00 pm Conference banquet and Entertainment Guest Speaker: Micheál Martin TD, Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil. Dancing with Shay O’Callaghan

Conference papers and presentations will be available on website in the week after the conference. For further details contact: Tel. 065-7071149 or Email: