Q. How Do I Register For Workshops?
A. Online registration opens in January 2022 for this years events. 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 and payment receipt/invoice.
Please note that you must retain the e-mail confirmation as this will be your record of registration. Payment can be made by credit card only when registering online. Receipt/invoice of payment will be attached to your ebooking booking confirmation forwared to the e-mail advised in registration – we do not re-issue invoices. We recommend you save the invoice attached to your confirmation email or to locate use the inbox search feature ref: ITOA Workshop.
Q. What Is The Cost Of Attending A Workshop?
A. The fee for attending a live session or virtual ITOA Workshop is €284.55 plus VAT @ 23% per person. Early bookings are essential as registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis only through our on-line booking system. Registration remains open until the capacity of each workshop is reached and no later than January 28th 2022 or earlier if capacity is reached. Terms and Conditions apply and are available to review when registering on-line and on the workshop page on ITOA website. Payment by VISA or Mastercard credit or debit cards accepted.
Q. What Is The Format Of Each Workshop?
Product suppliers can attend one Workshop of their choice as nominated when registering.
ITOA members will attend all Workshops, so there is no difference no matter which Workshop you choose.
As the Workshops are Virtual Events in 2022, product suppliers will attend the workshop day choosen when registering. Date options are based on first come first serve basis as there is a pre-determined number of appointments available on each workshop day. Pre-scheduling of appointments will open in February. The format for each Workshop is:
- 10 Minute pre-scheduled appointments via CONVERVE system
- Delegates will be advise in early February which day has been allocated and the appointment scheduling opening/closing periods.
- **When registering the email provided and PW created will be your Username and Password to the Converve system **
- A User guide will be available on the Converve system to support delegates in making appointments, uploading profiles etc.
ITOA will continue to communicate with registered delegates by email so please be sure to look out for our email communications following registration. Queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Why Should I Attend An ITOA Workshop?
A. Our workshops offer the Irish industry suppliers 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
Group organisers – shared and special interest ad hoc groups
Major retail travel groups
Operators and planners of conference, incentive and corporate meeting events
ITOA members promotes and packages every aspect of the tourism product to market and sell to existing and potentially new overseas partners. ITOA companies invest significant time and resources in their core overseas markets with many having full-time staff or representation in-market to source new business opportinities and service existing partners. Therefore they have market intelligence that enables them to constantly innovate and deliver Irish packaged product experience to meet consumer desires and interests.
Q. Who Will Be There?
A. All ITOA members attend the workshop. Each will be seated at desks and industry suppliers move around to meet with each company. Delegates are asked to spend no more than ten minutes at each desk. There is no schedule of appointments, allowing attendees to move freely and efficiently through meetings with ITOA members.
in 2022 we are limited numbers to ensure greater space for movement within the room. Prior to Covid there could be up to two ITOA members at a table. However this will not be the case in 2022 and all ITOA representatives will have individual tables which means that ITOA member companies may have upto 3 tables available.
And if the workshops are virtual as they were in 2021, all ITOA members will still be available over the two days for each workshop with again many having more than just one representative.
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?
As virtual events you will be able to and should upload your business description, any video or promotional footage in advance and you will be able to provide those in screen sharing at the events.
Q. What Should I Do In Advance Of The Workshop?
Review our membership profiles on Converve , familiarize yourself with the business they do and consider how your product can be promoted or included in their business portfolio.
If you have partnered with ITOA previously, review your business relationship details and consider the opportunities to grow that business. Have your 2023 tour Operator/DMC rates ready and uploaded on the converve system along with business T&C’s and other information that you deem important. Sustainability is a key pillar of tourism and ITOA members consideration for future business. So be sure you can share the sustainability policy or features of your business so that ITOA members can share this information with their overseas partners.
Q: How Can I Make The Most Of My Workshop?
A. Be prepared, use your time wisely, listen as well as presenting and selling your product. Make notes during your meeting as this will assist you in following up after the workshop appointment with each ITOA member. Follow up is essential after the workshop to ensure that you make the most of your attendance at the event. And keep in touch – one workshop or meeting should lead to longer term relationship and business partnership!