Thursday 24th will feature a series of key insights and inspiration from industry leaders through talks and panel discussions, as we gather once again in person to reflect on recent challenges as well as opportunities for the future.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:
INFORMATION POINTS & CLINIC STANDS offering practical supports will also be available in the foyer for practical supports throughout the day, including:
Arachas (insurance brokers), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Tourism Northern Ireland, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council / Visit Mourne, Fáilte Digital That Delivers, and IAAT.
*times subject to change
KEYNOTE – DAMIAN BROWNE
We’re delighted that Extreme Adventurer Damian Browne, who has just completed an extraordinary solo row from New York to Ireland, will deliver the keynote. As well as being a very active adventurer, he touches on key themes such as resilience, positive mental health, and indeed, the true spirit of adventure! He was formerly a professional rugby player, has climbed Mount Everest and also rowed solo from Canary Islands to Antigua.
Please find some coverage of his latest inspiring achievement here:
New York Times | Belfast Telegraph | Washington Post | BBC | Irish Independent | Irish Times | RTE News | The Late Late Show (from 2.5 minutes) | Newstalk Off the Ball
4 REASONS TO ATTEND
BE INFORMED by hearing from and meeting industry colleagues and leaders on the key issues facing our industry, and the future of adventure tourism
BE CONNECTED through networking and collaboration opportunities across both days
BE INSPIRED by our extraordinary keynote Damian Browne and other speakers
BE EXHILIRATED by enjoying the local adventure activities on offer (Wed)
Ireland’s Association for Adventure Tourism (IAAT) is the representative body for adventure activity providers, with over 200 members across the island of Ireland. The association was set up in 2018 to develop this exciting and growing sector in a responsible and sustainable manner. Members include adventure centres, tour operators, and businesses providing archery, hiking, biking, surfing, kayaking, horse-riding, fishing, sailing, whale watching, zip-wiring and many more.
Benefits of IAAT membership includes representation & lobbying, being part of a community of industry peers, free or discounted access to training workshops and events, insurance support including access of application to the member group scheme, and discounted access to equipment.
The adventure activity sector brings in over €1bn / £870m in annual tourism revenue to Ireland.
The Conference theme is ‘Adventure Island’, reflecting our determination for Ireland to realise the potential of becoming a world leader in adventure tourism.