Pictured is Ireland's Conference Ambassador of the Year Brian Stapleton, MD of Periploi Aviation, overall winner at the Failte Ireland Conference Ambassador Recognition Awards for his significant contribution to Ireland's business tourism sector. Brian has been instrumental in delivering a total of seven International Air Transport Association (IATA) conferences to Dublin valued at €5.6million to Irish economy, with another five future conferences in the pipeline with an estimated value of €5.4million. Failte Ireland honoured 79 'Conference Ambassadors' at its inaugural Conference Ambassador Recognition Awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. The recipients, from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, were given the awards for bidding and hosting an international conference or event in Dublin. Hosted by comedian Dara O Briain, the event acknowledged that the Ambassadors, nominated by the Irish conference and meetings industry, had delivered a collective total of almost 73,000 international delegates to Dublin between 2011 and 2014, injecting over €101million into the economy.
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