Speakers

Things might be a bit different for 2020 but we've still got some cracking speakers to help us all through these turbulent times. Register now so you don't miss out.
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Sarah Duignan

Sarah left Irish shores after seven years in hotel operations and has used this experience to create a unique perspective on hotel performance, benchmarking and forecasting with STR, the world’s leading benchmarking company. As Director of Client Relationships, Sarah will give an insight into hotel performance in 2020 with a forecast on what the coming year might bring.
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Neil Gibson

One of the Ireland’s leading economists, Neil has had an illustrious career building forecast models, supporting businesses and developing policy models on a global basis. A regular media commentator and presenter, Neil will give his insights into the effects of the pandemic, recovery and the stimulus required to restore business.

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Pól Ó Conghaile

An award winning travel journalist who insights into destinations and their quirks have earned him international recognition. Pol gives an experiential feel to his travels, delving into the stories that make a memorable trip and bring a destination to life. A regular contributor to National Geographic and travel editor of the Irish independent, Pol will look at what makes a super staycation.
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Minister Diane Dodds MLA

Diane Dodds is Northern Ireland Minister for the Department for the Economy and DUP MLA for Upper Bann. Minister Dodds will outline her support for the sector, plans to ensure its sustainability and the challenges of keeping Northern Ireland on the tourism map.
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Niall Gibbons

Niall Gibbons is Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland. Since his appointment in 2009, Niall has overseen the marketing of the island across the world, leading a team of 168 staff in over 20 markets. He’ll speak about the challenges and opportunities for Northern Ireland in the coming year.

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John McGrillen

John McGrillen, took up his post as CEO of Tourism NI on 1 July 2015. His interest in developing the local ecomony has been central to a career spanning nearly four decades holding senior roles with Belfast city Council and heading up Down District Council. In conversation, John will give an insight on keeping the sector alive and support plans for the coming months.
 
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Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson is a journalist with over 20 years’ experience and a well-known face on BBC Northern Ireland. He has been with the BBC since 1998 and began his journalistic career for a series of Northern Irish newspapers. Mark will oversee the sessions, interview guests and field online questions from delegates.