Nestled in the South-West of Ireland between the signature visitor experiences of Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork offers visitors an authentic experience, through our history, heritage, landmarks and landscape. Our reputation for high quality, artisan food and drink production, alongside a strong cultural, musical and artistic vibe, provide an extensive choice for the visitor experience.
In order to preserve our social, environmental and economic heritage, stakeholders across the region are strongly committed to sustainability and the UN SDGs. Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) is the business tourism and events arm of the Visit Cork structure, which also includes the region’s ‘Pure Cork’ leisure destination brand. CCB seeks to lead the way for the tourism sector throughout the region, promoting and implementing environmental, economic and social sustainability programmes that will ensure a sustainable and regenerative future for the sector.
Cork is a place of dramatic natural landscapes, riverscapes, harbours, bays and seascapes. A place of mountains, river valleys and coastlines, therefore protecting our status as a ‘green’ region is vital. Cork Convention Bureau ensures that environmental awareness is automatically built into the business and conference tourism offerings in Cork, highlighting a variety of local CSR activities (from hands-on nature conservation to forest exploration) that can offset the impact of business tourism and cement an organisation’s global citizen credentials.
Cork City was recently named as one of the EU Mission cities that are aiming to be climate-neutral, smart cities by 2030. As part of this initiative, Cork is developing a Climate City Contract, which will include an overall plan for climate neutrality across all sectors including energy, buildings and transport.
The Cork Convention Bureau aspires to ensure that all meetings and events programmes are developed through the lens of sustainability. We employ the GDSI regenerative event checklist when planning meetings, and our team ensures that environmental awareness is automatically built into the business and conference tourism offerings in Cork, highlighting a variety of local CSR activities (from hands-on nature conservation to forest exploration and citizen engagement) that can offset the impact of business tourism and cement an organisation’s global citizen credentials.
As Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, the tourism sector has a responsibility to act ethically and drive social innovation. In order to provide an authentic welcome, any reputable tourism destination must demonstrate a commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI). Cork City is the first and only city on the island of Ireland to have become a member of the International Rainbow Cities Network, that pledge to protect and enhance LGBTI+ rights and inclusion. Cork City Council was the first city and public building to officially fly the Rainbow Flag, raised by the Lord Mayor in 2014. Furthermore, Cork is a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Cork is a safe and vibrant destination for people who enjoy the city at night-time, as demonstrated by the City’s ‘Purple Flag’ status, held since 2015. This international accreditation, awarded by the Association of Cities and Towns Management (ACTM), celebrates areas of excellence in the night-time economy.