Céad Míle Fáilte.
I would like to welcome you wholeheartedly to Cork, one of the most beautiful and unique parts of Ireland. I’m sure many of you will have visited Ireland before but we hope to share with you a distinctive flavour of what our unique and historic country has to offer when you attend the 10th ACI Regional Airport Conference and Exhibition here next May.
In the past two years Cork Airport was ranked in the top three in the ACI Europe Best Airport rankings for facilities, retail, security, community relations, customer service, environmental awareness and operations. We are immensely proud of our customer service reputation and the accolades we have received from ACI among others, which makes us even more excited to welcome our friends and colleagues from the ACI network.
In 2016 we will serve more than 2.25 million passengers, an increase of 9% on 2015. This will be the result of the whole team at Cork Airport working hard to promote the South of Ireland region and our status as the principal gateway to both two of Ireland’s unique tourism propositions – the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. We’ve cemented our position as Ireland’s second largest and best connected airport in the country. Investment in our infrastructure over the past ten years and a continuous focus on customer service are key to our positive reputation as a friendly airport to fly through.
Cork is an exciting and inspirational city, eager to extend a warm welcome to all who visit from around the globe. In the historic city centre there is lots to see and do. You will enjoy a rich selection of visitor attractions, restaurants, Irish pubs and shops. Besides the exciting itinerary for the conference itself you will have the opportunity to visit cultural attractions around Cork as well as the array of theatres and galleries that are open to the public. Historic sites abound such as Cork City Gaol, Blarney Castle and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. No trip to Cork would be complete without a visit to the eclectic English Market where trading has taken place since 1788 and you can find all sorts of food treasures and delicacies. Cork is the gourmet capital of Ireland so be sure to visit some of the acclaimed restaurants serving the best of Irish and international cuisine. If you would like to stretch your legs, there’s more than 1,100km of coastline in Cork on which to do so and if you are feeling adventurous you can take to the high seas for sailing or other water-based sports which are available in abundance. All you have to do now is pick what you can fit in to your itinerary!
We look forward to welcoming you to Cork on the south coast of Ireland in May for the 10th ACI Regional Airport Conference and Exhibition.