Fellow FEG Members,
Our planning for the FEG 19th Tourist Guide Meeting & AGM in Dublin commenced after the AGM in Moscow. A voluntary committee was formed from ATGI members and the first decision taken was that we would organise the event ourselves in order to help keep costs down.
The popularity of Dublin has resulted in a shortage of hotel rooms and increased accommodation prices. To offset this we contacted our colleagues in sites, restaurants and transport providers to sponsor the activities provided by them. We have received immense support from all of our sponsors helping to provide a great value package for participants.
Despite being a relatively small island there is a huge amount to see and do in Ireland. Accordingly we decided to add a pre-tour and a post-tour to the main programme so that participants could have the most complete experience during their visit here. As far as we are aware this is the first time that pre and post tours have been offered.
As a voluntary committee we had a steep learning curve as we tried to estimate how many participants would come to the events in Ireland. We spoke to previous AGM organisers to discern the potential number of delegates, room profile and the breakdown of event type. Speaking to participants in Brno we knew that Ireland would be popular and accordingly prepared for up to 190 participants, hoping that we could fill that many places.
When registration opened there was a flood of applications and the pre-tour and post-tour sold out quickly. We contacted all the relevant suppliers for the pre and post-tour and we were able to run a second tour in each case. Applications continued to come at a high rate and all elements of the event sold out very quickly.
Unfortunately we will not be able to increase the numbers coming to the events due to capacity issues, availability of accommodation and time constraints. Should we have any cancellations we will of course make these places available to applicants on the cancellation list.