Never before has the global meetings industry faced such a challenging time. As a result, the way organisations meet, and work has changed.
While we progress towards more certainty around a return to travel and the safety of face-to-face meetings, the research and statistics is showing that over 80% of meetings intend to include hybrid and digital elements going forward.
Some people are going to be eager to travel and attend physical events again while others may still be cautious. Holding ‘green events’ also now is an important focus for many, so considering a hybrid event will ensure your event is accessible to a wider audience and sustainable for those wishing to cut down on travel, or who cannot otherwise attend.
Including a virtual component to an event can provide potential added benefits such as expanded reach and attendance, increased sponsorship opportunities, reduced environmental impact and reduced travel costs for attendees, speakers and supporters.
Holding a hybrid or digital event can therefore offer a “best of both worlds” scenario for many organisations.
With the hybrid model looking like it is here to stay, if you are planning an event in Kerry, which will incorporate virtual components, having the Convention Bureau working alongside you is crucial. We can facilitate introductions to the skilled partners within our membership who will help make your event a success.
AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE)
Kerry is also home to the AgriTech Centre of Excellence (ACE) and its recently launched Virtual Reality Suite. ACE uses immersive learning technologies such as e-learning and virtual reality platforms to deliver excellence in learning and development. Their purpose-built physical and virtual collaboration space is Ireland’s premiere Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Suite, kitted out with 5 metre 180-degree curved screen with floor projection for immersive training, impressive screenings and presenting, multiple VR and AR headsets, 3D scanners, and 360° cameras and more.
The facility, situated on Munster Technological University’s Kerry Campus offers custom-made solutions which can be utilised by event organisers holding hybrid conferences and meetings in venues across Kerry, as well as presentations and pitches, workshops and ideation, unique media events, filming locations, product launches, design thinking, immersive training, and more. Experience the future of innovation in business and enhance attendee engagement with endless possibilities.
Professional Conference Organisers
From Associate Member Professional Conference Organisers who can assist from the outset, be it at bid stage or event planning stage through to ‘Hybrid Ready’ venues, offering high-quality audio-visual facilities, excellent internet connectivity and a skilled in-house/local IT team, Kerry Convention Bureau can provide the hybrid solutions you require in the post-pandemic world.
We have the technical know-how and high-quality facilities to ensure your hybrid event is just as engaging and inspiring for those who are attending in person, as well as those joining online.
Our team can also help you to engage your digital audience and bring Kerry to them by adding some Kerry flavour and magic to the event, through video content, imagery, virtual backgrounds and virtual tours.
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