Medical professionals from across Clare and Limerick gathered in Adare Manor at the weekend to examine how the region could garner some of the lucrative €500m in spending generated annually in Ireland by business tourism.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D., joined doctors and consultants from Limerick and Clare hospitals to launch a Medical Ambassadors Programme designed to promote the Midwest and the wider Shannon Region as a location for investment.
The event was hosted by the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau, which attracts international conferences, incentives and sports events worth an estimated €5m to the region each year.
Addressing delegates at the weekend conference, Minister Noonan outlined the potential role that can be played by medical professionals in delivering new business tourism opportunities for the region.
Minister Noonan stated: “The Bureau works with over 300 ambassadors across sport, business, academia and culture. With the Midwest fast becoming the destination of choice for foreign direct investment in the medical and pharma sectors therefore, it is no surprise that the Bureau has decided to launch a Medical Conference Ambassador Programme to further leverage the business opportunities from these sectors.”
Hospitals represented at the weekend conference included St John’s, Ennis General, University College, Limerick Maternity and Croom.