The Kingdom of Kerry awaits… offering wide open spaces for attendees to reconnect, re-engage and re-invigorate.
As the world looks forward to better times ahead & as event planners start to consider safely bringing people back together, destinations which can offer wide open spaces & the chance for attendees to reconnect in nature, enjoying programmes layered with memorable and meaningful experiences has never been more important.
Nestled amidst Ireland’s highest mountains, acres of pristine national park, lakes and beaches, Kerry serves as the perfect stage for itineraries filled with immersive activities to boost morale, relieve stress and encourage team building. With the Wild Atlantic Way as its’ doorstep, this expansive playground is as much a present-day cultural treasure as it is a link to an ancient mystical world.
It really is the ideal location in which attendees can reignite connections and re-energise in a post-pandemic world.
Located in the South West of Ireland, the region of Kerry, or the ‘Kingdom’ as it is commonly known, is famous for its spectacular natural environment, world class facilities and warm hospitality, which provides the perfect backdrop for all types of MICE events, large or small.
Kerry is serviced by three international and one regional airport and the region is easily accessed via Ireland’s road, bus and rail networks.
Kerry is a safe and friendly destination offering a truly extraordinary meeting place from which your attendees can explore the regions’ outstanding natural and cultural. Choose from five MICE ready destinations to choose from, all with Kerry Convention Bureau members on hand to work in partnership with you:
Killarney has over 3000 3-5* bedrooms and is a compact town with the infrastructure of a major city. Home to Ireland’s second largest convention centre, it is known as the ‘Town in the Park’ with 26,000 acres of National Park on its doorstep
Kenmare is a haven of tranquillity, gourmet food, 5* accommodation and breath-taking scenery, nestled in a bay with dramatic coast to the south and rugged mountains to the north
Sneem is a picturesque village situated in the famous “Ring of Kerry” a driving and cycling route that encapsulates some of the best nature has to offer
Tralee is the bustling county town where venues are within close proximity and activities are abound in the natural playground which surrounds the town. It is home to Muster Technological University and its new €19m state of the art, universally accessible 8400m sq. Kerry Sports Academy
Dingle is known for its colourful buildings, rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches. It offers a range of immersive activities including high speed rib Sea Safari, cookery school and the award-winning Dingle Distillery as well as its beautiful bay
Vibrant, creative communities, full of artisan food, craft making, and musical experiences can be found throughout the region and incorporated into your event…. all of which adds to the magic of holding an event in Kerry.
Unique landscapes, natural and cultural wonders are complimented by first class meeting and accommodation facilities. Home to the largest convention centre outside of Dublin, with a capacity of 2,500 pax & 500 bedrooms on site, the region also boasts the highest concentration of 4&5* properties in the country, including five 5* hotels in Killarney, a town of approx. 13,500 people.
– Give attendees the chance to unwind and gain fresh perspectives, participating in an exhilarating kayak adventure exploring Kerry’s sparkling lakes, rivers or coastline with an expert guide
– Step back in time on the legendary Gap of Dunloe trip, traveling on traditional boats across the triple lakes of Killarney and through wild mountain passes on pony traps. Lunch in style with a gourmet picnic, with stories told by a Seanchaí
– Enjoy a drive along Slea Head, one of Ireland’s most scenic routes, taking a journey through historic sites, Irish speaking villages, famous Hollywood film locations and views of the Blasket Islands and Skellig Michael Islands on the south western horizon.
Dining with a difference
Kerry is home to some of the best local and artisan food producers in Ireland and fast becoming a renowned international food destination with our chefs being recognised nationally as leaders in their field.
For the adventurous foodie, options range from learning how to forage for seaweed and selecting oysters direct from the sea, catch & cook fish, making your own butter or ice-cream through to creating your own gin, flavoured with local ingredients from the Wild Atlantic Way.
Commitment to Sustainability and holding Green Events
Kerry is a destination committed to sustainability, currently ranking #20 on the Global Destination Sustainability Index. We work with our membership to reduce our industries impact on the environment and provide ‘green’ meeting options.
If your organisation is looking to deliver legacy outcomes to your event and give something back to the local community, we have a range of meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility activities on offer, including many with a sustainability focus e.g., building bird boxes, butterfly houses and beehives, replanting areas affected by forest fires, beach clean ups etc.
While it might still be some time before business travel is back on the agenda for many, our Kerry Convention Bureau members and Irish tourism partners are busy adapting to a changed world, preparing to welcome visitors again, with added protection.
Our members are committed to providing a safe environment in which you can feel confident to organise events and over the last year, many have completed industry training including the Fáilte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter and Kerry’s Safe Destination Programme.
They have focused on improving safety standards, implementing protocols, and refurbishing facilities, getting ready to swing open the doors to business tourism visitors again in the future. Some have added purpose-built outdoor spaces and updated their premises with clever refurbishments in line with COVID-19 safety recommendations.
When the time is right to welcome groups again, our hotels, venues, event spaces and activity providers will be ready once more for you to book a MICE trip that your attendees will never forget.
Kerry Convention Bureau
KCB is your one stop destination resource, offering a free and impartial service facilitating connections to passionate, local suppliers who are committed to working together to make your event a success.
As well as assisting with venue sourcing, bid creation and site inspections, the team can provide creative ideas to build into your programme ensuring attendees remember and talk about your event for years to come. From an incentive perspective the KCB team and many of our members are SITE Certified Incentive Specialists, so you are in very capable hands.
Our membership comprises of local venues, hotels, activity & transport providers, attractions, DMC’s & PCO’s who have all joined forces to attract meetings and incentives to the area and who work collaboratively together and with you, to add the magic ingredients to a #MeetInKerry event. We are also supported by and work really closely with our partners Meet In Ireland, the Official Business Events Bureau on the island of Ireland.
We hope that this overview of what the Kingdom of Kerry has to offer for business events has sparked your imagination – it really is the ideal destination to bring groups back together, enabling attendees to feel refreshed, invigorated, and recharged, all in the safety of wide-open spaces.
To access more comprehensive advice and support, please visit our website www.kerryconventionbureau.com
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