Today we’re releasing correspondence between Web Summit and the Irish Government regarding the 2016 Web Summit, which you can access here.
All of this correspondence is due to be released under Freedom of Information in the next week or so.
In releasing this information openly, we want to be transparent about the reasons for moving Web Summit to Lisbon in 2016 and to place on record the issues in question.
We are doing this not to point the finger but to help everyone focus on the future. We believe the future is bright and here’s why:
Ireland is an incredible destination for conferences. Whilst there are issues that need to be addressed in order for large conferences to take place here, they are relatively small. And, we believe, easy to overcome.
With the experience of Web Summit, which we started in 2010, we have launched conferences across the world over the last two years. These conferences are growing far faster than Web Summit ever has. In short, we’re getting better at growing and producing conferences.
It’s for that reason that we’re optimistic that, if we can work with the Irish Government and relevant authorities, we will grow many great conferences in Ireland over the coming years and so can others. We’re hoping this release starts a real debate about how to achieve a bright future for Ireland as a conference destination with all the benefits.
We’re committed to launching conferences in Ireland in the future and we stand ready to help fix the issues in question.