DIT to host first ever Irish eTourism Day

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Inaugural Irish eTourism Day to Attract Top Speakers

14 January, 2014: ENTER 2014, the largest eTourism Conference of its kind in the world, will take place in January. DIT is the local organiser for this event, which is in its 21st year and is being held in Ireland for the first time.  It will be held in the Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street from 22-24 January 2014.  As part of this conference, a dedicated Irish eTourism Day will be held on 22 January at the same venue. The Irish eTourism Day is a one day event which hopes to showcase all that is good and great in Tourism Information Technology in Ireland. 

Speaking about the event Dr. Patrick Horan, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT said: “ DIT is delighted to be hosting Ireland’s first ever eTourism Day.  This conference day will form a national networking event for tourism and hospitality stakeholders in Ireland and will bring  together a cross-section of best practice of the use of ICT in the Irish Tourism industry.  It is aimed at engaging the Irish E-Tourism community through discussions about topics that are of particular interest to the Irish tourism and hospitality industry including E-Commerce, smart technologies and E-Marketing.”

The theme of the conference is “Managing the Customer experience in the Digital Age” with a specific focus on “Be Inspired”.  The conference organisers are delighted that they have secured a number of top speakers from a wide variety of international organisations, including Google, Failte Ireland, Bookassist, Tourism Ireland, CarTrawler, Facebook, and Realex, who will have fascinating case-studies and insights to share on the day.  

Some sample presentations include:

  • ‘From Customer Elation to Gamification’ Celine Weldon from Guinness Storehouse
  • ‘To B.E or not to B.E: The Future of Retailing in the Online Travel Sector’ Bobby Healy from CarTrawler.
  • ‘Apps, Traps & Mishaps’, Niall Harbison from Simply Zesty
  • ‘Augmented Reality – The World Is What You Make It!’ Paul Savage from ZolkC
  •  ‘eDistribution Optimisation: Pick'n'Mix “  Feargal Mooney from Hostelworld  

More details  www.irishetourismday.com

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