Athlone Institute of Technology will host the 15th annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland conference (THRIC 2019) on June 17-18. Entitled ‘Tourism at the Heart of It’ the conference will highlight the institute’s emphasis on delivering industry-focussed education, research and development. THRIC provides an annual opportunity for the dissemination and presentation of research in the broad tourism sector in Ireland. A range of international keynote speakers drawn from academia, industry and tourism policy will address this year’s conference theme, ‘Tourism at the heart of it’ in what is expected to be an engaging and thought-provoking two-day event.
Tourism in Ireland has never been stronger, according to Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, with the later estimating that 11.2 million people visited the island of Ireland in 2018. There can be no doubt as to economic importance of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure and its proactive, sustainable development to Ireland’s regions and communities. While stakeholders are optimistic for 2019, economic challenges, such as increases in VAT and the precarity of an impending Brexit, loom.
Thought provoking research, discussion in a positive environment and subsequent action contribute to the sustainability of a vibrant industry. The lifeblood of Irish tourism is our people, natural environments, culture, heritage, hospitality and culinary experiences. THRIC 2019 ‘Tourism at the Heart of It’ will provide a platform to debate, dissect and, ultimately, ensure that the life blood of Irish Tourism is considered, continues to circulate and remains healthy. For more information, please visit www.thric2019.ie.
Students, are you interested in pursuing a career in hospitality and leisure? Check out our full suite of programmes. Named Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ in 2018, Athlone Institute of Technology is currently first nationally of all HEIs in the Irish league table for student satisfaction and first across the technological higher education sector for research.