CONNECT 2015 comes to Killarney

18 Feb

The CONNECT organisers are delighted to announce that the 12th International Aviation Forum will take place from the 3rd – 5th June 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry.

CONNECT 2015 comes to Killarney

Hosted by Destination Kerry and Kerry Airport, and supported the local and national tourism industry, the CONNECT conference will bring together more than 400 leading aviation professionals to meet, discuss and shape their future networks across Europe and beyond.

“Destination Kerry in collaboration with its tourism partners are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the destination and highlight to the key industry players what we have to offer” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of Destination Kerry. “Kerry is Ireland’s jewel in the crown of tourism. The area attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, with its main source of visitors coming from the USA, UK, Germany and France. Hosting CONNECT in 2015 will bring a focus on access to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, of which Kerry accounts for 440km of the coastal drive. Overseas visitor numbers were up 13.6% for the first 6 months of 2014 – a trend we hope to improve on with increased seat capacity.”

“This year Kerry hopes to add a new dimension to the successful CONNECT event by inviting Tour Operators from around Europe to CONNECT 2015” explains Carol O’Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager at Kerry Airport. “Tour Operators bring thousands of visitors to Kerry and Ireland every year and we believe they are vital partners in a leisure destination’s route development activities. We hope to include them at the early stages of any discussions.”

Karin Butot, managing director of The Airport Agency and creator of the CONNECT brand, believes that Ireland is a fitting destination for CONNECT’s return to European territory. “Ireland is a much-loved tourist destination for EU, US and long-haul markets, famous for its culture, heritage and genuine hospitality. We are delighted to be bringing the event to Kerry and to Ireland, for what promises to be an enriching and unmissable professional gathering.”

Now in its 12th year, CONNECT continues to deliver value as a leading aviation forum reflected by a growing number of participants year on year. With its blend of unlimited one-to-one meetings, high level conference programme, airline & industry briefings, it is renowned for providing fantastic hospitality as a vibrant environment for relationship-building and business development. As such, this year’s CONNECT event is strongly recommended for all airline network and strategy developers, airport representatives, tour operators, industry suppliers, tourism and regulatory bodies who want to actively develop their industry knowledge and contact networks. Registration for CONNECT 2015 opens soon, with an early-bird discount for companies registering before the 10th January 2015. For more details, please visit the website,

About CONNECT 2015

The CONNECT event is a dynamic and varied forum that takes place over 3 days, bringing together airlines, airports, tour operators, tourism and government bodies. Participants benefit from free and unlimited one-to-one formal meetings organized via their online delegate site, and are able to tailor their own event schedule to meet the right people and achieve their objectives. Participants also have access to the CONNECT conference and briefings, and to all networking evening events, the CONNECT gala dinner and networking coffee breaks and lunches.

In June 2014 the 11th CONNECT event in Marrakech was hosted by the Moroccan Airports Authority, and reaffirmed its value as a leading aviation forum after welcoming a record number of over 400 attendees of which over 40 airlines (long-haul, low cost and legacy carriers) and 151 airports (from all over Europe and beyond) were represented. The CONNECT event is organized by The Airport Agency France.

Note to the Press

Registration for members of the press is free of charge.* Please visit our site to register for CONNECT 2015 and sign-up to our newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all the latest information about the event, its participants, conferences and social programme.

*One delegate per magazine/newspaper/website

Press contact: Anna Lytwyniw, The Airport Agency France. Phone: + 33 (0) 4 98 16 32 67

Press Release: PressRelease.pdf

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