A new chairperson has been appointed to Kerry Convention Bureau (KCB). Director of Business Tourism for the Gleneagle Group, Breffní Ingerton, will take the helm taking over from outgoing Chairperson Mike Buckley, Managing Director of Kerry Coaches Ltd, who has served in the role for almost seven years.

KCB, which is supported by Fáilte Ireland and Kerry County Council, is a Non-Profit Organisation that offers a free and impartial service and practical supports to event organisers and meeting planners and is dedicated to promoting and selling Kerry as a diverse and inspiring business tourism destination.

Breffní has over 25 years of experience in the business events and tourism industry having held various key roles in the Gleneagle Group, finding her niche in business tourism, festivals and events with the opening of the INEC Killarney in 2000. She is also an active member of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry. She is a member of the KCB Board since 2017, represented the Irish Hotels Federation on the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Working Group from 2016-2020 and is now serving on the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Recovery Taskforce since August 2020. The establishment of the Business Tourism Recovery Taskforce is a medium-term strategic and tactical response to provide the Republic of Ireland industry with survival support schemes and development plans to reboot the sector post COVID-19. Breffní is also Chairperson of Ireland BikeFest Killarney since the inaugural festival in 2007.

“On behalf of the KCB Board we are delighted to welcome Breffní into the role of Chairperson,” Mr. Buckley said. “Breffní is an experienced industry professional, she is extremely knowledgeable with a wealth of business tourism, festivals and events experience. She is highly regarded in the industry both at home and abroad.”

In taking over the reins from Mr Buckley, Breffní Ingerton said “KCB has benefited tremendously from Mike’s leadership, commitment, passion, experience and drive to make things happen”.

“Mike has raised the profile of KCB and highlighted the valuable contribution the business events sector makes to the local economy. I thank him for leaving KCB in a position of strength to tackle the challenges ahead. I am privileged to take on this role. I look forward to working with the dynamic KCB team led by Becky Hargrove, key stakeholders and industry partners locally and nationally, to ensure that KCB is poised to play its part in reinvigorating business tourism in Kerry when the time is right. While the COVID-19 crisis has brought unprecedented challenges for our industry, innovation and collaboration is more important now than ever before. We will also continue to support Government departments and State bodies in guiding Ireland out of the impacts of the global pandemic.”