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World Canals Conference

Every year, the World Canals Conference brings together hundreds of canal and waterway enthusiasts, professionals and academics from around the world. During the conference delegates exchange ideas about canal management and development including: the protection of historic features; technical developments; revitalization of canal systems and harbours; recreational opportunities; and the promotion and presentation of canal history. Ways of promoting tourism and invigorating rural economic development and urban renewal are explored.

Since its inception in 1988 the World Canals Conference has grown significantly and now welcomes waterway management agencies and professionals, users and enthusiasts from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Conference delegates, official partners and sponsors will have a range of both formal and informal opportunities involving presentations, networking, exhibitions, educational tours and social programmes to share and exchange experiences, technical solutions and learnings.

On 10th-12th September 2018, the World Canals Conference will take place in Ireland. Themed Restore Regenerate Reimagine, the conference will showcase Ireland’s many restoration and re-imagining projects in a three day event were delegates can update their knowledge of innovative waterways management experiences and techniques from all over the world.

Athlone on the mighty River Shannon, and at the heart of Ireland, is our conference base and the perfect location from which to explore the beauty of the country’s inland waterways. Equidistant from Galway and Dublin and in the centre of 1000km of canal, river and lake navigations, Athlone is exciting tourism destination. It is home to a Norman Castle, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site with World Famous Round Tower and extensive biodiversity in the boglands and lakelands; never mind the extensive range of water based activities on the doorstep of our conference hotel.

The traditional Irish Céad Mile Fáilte welcome will be extended to all our visitors with options to tempt delegates to come earlier and stay longer already packaged. So join Waterways Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) in Athlone in September 2018 and experience it for yourself.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

If you would like to find out more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact:
Colm O’Grady, Commerical Director
Conference Partners Ltd,
T: +353 1 296 7254

Further Information

For further information on accommodation, social programme and registration please contact:
Conference Partners International
T: + 353 1 296 8688
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