Q. How Do I Register For Workshops?
A. Online registration opens in November. When live, simply click on the BOOK NOW icon on this page or workshop section main page and follow the on-screen instructions. Complete all of the required fields in each section and, once your application is processed, you will receive an e-mail confirming you booking details.
Please note that you must retain the e-mail confirmation as this will be your record of registration. If you pay by credit card online you should retain your booking confirmation e-mail as receipt of payment – we do not issue invoices. If you choose to pay by cheque, once payment is received by post you will receive another e-mail which you again must retain as receipt of payment for accounting purposes. The ITOA is not VAT registered and therefore VAT is not included in registration fee.
Q. What Is The Cost Of Attending A Workshop?
A. The fee for attending a session at an ITOA Workshop is €220 plus VAT @ 23% per person, which includes the workshop, lunch and coffee breaks. Early bookings are essential as registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis only through our on-line booking system. Terms and Conditions apply and are available on the booking section of the site.
Q. What Is The Format Of Each Workshop?
A. Product suppliers can attend one venue and one session in the morning or afternoon but not both.
ITOA members will attend each session in each city. Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland will also participate with representatives available to meet trade during the working sessions.
During the workshops, ITOA members will be seated at desks and are available for individual discussions with product suppliers. There are no fixed appointments so ITOA members will be available to all registrants. A profile of the ITOA members attending will be available on this site before each workshop and an additional hard copy will be available on the day of the workshops in each location.
Q. Why Should I Attend An ITOA Workshop?
A. Our workshops offer the Irish trade a unique sales opportunity to promote their product to ITOA members who contract on behalf of and represent 4,000 international trade contacts. These partners include:
International tour operators and wholesalers
Major retail travel groups
Operators and planners of conference, incentive and corporate meeting events
The ITOA also promotes and packages every aspect of the tourism product to market and sell to existing and potentially new overseas partners.
Q. Who Will Be There?
A. All ITOA members attend the workshop. Each will be seated at desks and trade suppliers move around to meet with each company. Attendees are asked to spend no more than five minutes at each desk. There is no schedule of appointments, allowing attendees to move freely and efficiently through meetings with ITOA members.
Q. Who Should Attend?
A. Sales personnel, general managers, proprietors or owners of tourism enterprises, accommodation providers (whether hotels, castles, manors, country houses guest houses or B&Bs), restaurants and bars, entertainment venues and providers, visitor attractions, transport providers, and organisers of special activity or outdoor pursuits.
Q. What Should I Bring?
A. Lots of business cards, and pricing details (on both group and FIT rates) for this year and the year ahead as the travel trade contract a year in advance. Promotional literature (one piece per table or member is ample for the day of the workshop – additional pieces can be mailed) and a presentation folder of images will help you sell and promote your product during your presentation.
Q. What Should I Do In Advance Of The Workshop?
A. Review our membership descriptions (available in the members section of this site), familiarize yourself with the business they do and consider how your product can be promoted or included in their business portfolio.
Q: How Can I Make The Most Of My Workshop?
A. Come prepared, use your time wisely, listen as well as presenting and selling your product. Take ITOA members’ business cards and make notes during your meeting as this will assist you in following up after the workshop with each ITOA member. Follow up is essential after the workshop to ensure that you make the most of your attendance at the event.