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GOAL is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to learn, network and connect producers and suppliers to the marketplace, all in a business-friendly yet casual environment. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has evolved into a must-attend conference for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders. Click “REGISTER” to access PORTal and log in to your GAA user account to begin the registration process. Or watch this explanatory video. Please note that registration fees are subject to 23% Irish VAT.
GOAL 2017 will be held at historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2017. The home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Croke Park features more than 5,000 square meters of conference space, including a 1,645-square-meter ballroom and 100 meeting rooms. The stadium and the neighboring 232-room Croke Park Hotel is ideally located just five minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from the airport.
GAA is holding room blocks with a special rate at the Gresham Hotel, which is only a nine-minute walk from Croke Park, and the Westin Dublin Hotel, which is a 10-minute walk from Croke Park. Click on the links to reserve a room.
Dublin is a popular tourist destination, visited by more than 7 million tourists annually. Among Dublin’s most popular tourist destinations are Dublin Zoo, National Aquatic Centre, Book of Kells, The National Gallery of Ireland, National Botanic Gardens, National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Science Gallery at Trinity College, Farmleigh House and Guinness Storehouse — Ireland’s No. 1 tourist attraction and the home of the GOAL 2017 gala reception and dinner.
Three industry tours are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1, 2 and 3, just prior to the conference. The first tour is scheduled for Ireland’s west coast, with an overnight stay in Westport on Oct. 1; the full-day tour on Oct. 2 tentatively includes Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Seafoods and Irish Seaspray. The second tour is scheduled for Aughrim in the Wicklow Mountains (about 1 1/2 hours south of Dublin) on the afternoon of Oct. 2; the tour is of IDAS (Trout) Ltd.’s artisanal trout farm and hatchery. The third tour is scheduled for Dungarvan on Ireland’s south coast (about 3 hours south of Dublin) on Oct. 3; the tour is of Harty Oyster. Questions? Contact Steven Hedlund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preferred Freezer Services is hosting and sponsoring a golf outing at Druids Glen Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 2. Transportation will be provided to and from the golf club. The outing is virtually free.
Leverage your relationship with GAA and increase your visibility throughout the aquaculture community by partnering with the organization. Aligning with GAA is a statement about your long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture. Partnership benefits include social and networking event sponsorship, meal sponsorship and product placement, gift item sponsorship, logo placement onsite and online, and advertising, dedicated email and social media campaigns. Interested? Download GAA’s 2017 Membership & Engagement Kit and contact Sally Krueger at email@example.com.
Access the Marketplace
The world’s leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers are always well represented at GOAL. Among the companies represented on stage at GOAL 2016 were Sam’s Club/Walmart, Ahold Delhaize, Metro, Rubio’s Restaurants, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai Disney Resort, Yum! Brands China, Restaurant Associates at Wellcome, Brinker International, Brakes Group, Red Lobster Seafood Company, Seafood Direct, Sysco Corp, Bon Appétit Management Company/Compass Group, Disney, Supervalu, US Foods, Harvest Meat Company and JD.com.
No other conference captures the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture quite like GOAL. This year’s program is currently in development but will be released by month’s end. Interested in presenting? Contact Steven Hedlund at firstname.lastname@example.org.