Ahead of the official Welcome Reception of #TTF16, the Forum team treated a select few delegates to a coach tour of the city followed by a private tasting and tour at The Irish Whiskey Museum in the heart of Dublin.
Welcoming the attendees, compromising of our Hot Tickets (affectionately know as ‘hotties’ in the office), judges and speakers was an expertly blended whiskey cocktail in the venue’s saloon bar and some excited chatter about the upcoming forum.
We caught up with Dan Birtle, ACC Liverpool, who commented “I’m really looking forward to the forum, I hadn’t realised quite how far across the world people come from to be here, it’s exciting.”
Tour guide, Niall, told the story of Irish Whiskey in hilarious detail (with a jibe or two aimed at the Scots who also claim to have been the first to have created whiskey) and the afternoon ended with an expert tasting of four of Ireland’s finest malts.
Return from the tour took the group straight into the TTF International Welcome Reception at Crowne Plaza where delegates from 28 countries around the world met for a few drinks and a chance to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.
We caught up with a few to hear their thoughts on tomorrow’s Forum:
“I’m very impressed – I didn’t even realise how international the event was – there are people from all around the world here to share with and learn from” said Gerogia Bekyra of UK Athletics.
Phillip Payne of Battersea Performing Arts Centre commented over a drink that “it’s a diverse array of companies and it’s a lot of senior delegates…it’s almost intimidating.”
We assure you, they are quite the friendly (but immensely impressive) group and we cannot wait to welcome them all tomorrow morning for the first day of the Forum. Follow the sessions @TicketTechForum #TTF16