The changing landscape of the food and beverage sector with increased growth of multi-site brands has seen a professionalisation of the sector. Senior executives are expected to be more market and brand focused than ever before, with many more CEO’s and MD’s being sought with a marketing background, pipping senior operators to the post.

Marketing and innovation is a fine balance of art and science. To be effective you must carefully blend what the data is telling you with market trends, add a dash of creativity and take note of your key stakeholders – it’s no easy feat!

The marketer and innovator event series is designed to guide and support your journey, helping you to learn from the successes (and failures) of others, find like-minded individuals to invigorate your creativity and to provide a platform for you to share ideas.This event will see a line-up of leading Irish & British restaurant marketing leaders take to the stage to share their experience.

When: Monday 26th November 2018

Where: The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38


Early Bird extended until Monday 12th November – BOOK HERE

Member Rate: €150

Non-Member Rate: €290

Normal Rate from 26th October

Member Rate: €210

Non-Member Rate: €350

 This event is brought to you by: 

Think Hospitality


Restaurants Association of Ireland 



Restaurant Marketer & Innovator is a community of restaurant marketing and innovation professionals brought together through a series of events.

The community brings together chief marketing officers, entrepreneurs, marketing directors, marketing managers, brand managers, technologists, concept developers and strategists from the multi-site restaurant, pub, bar, QSR, contract catering, food to go, late night and cafe sectors.

Headed by London based THINK Hospitality, the community publishes a quarterly digital newsletter, hosts the annual awards series and thirteen workshops around the world.


The Restaurants Association of Ireland was formed in 1970 with the initial goal of forming a strong lobby that would represent the industry at Government level on issues of importance to the Irish restaurant industry.

Nine branches were formed around the country, all of which still exist today. The Association’s efforts in 1986 to get VAT reduced from 25% to 10% and again in 2013 to maintain the VAT at 9% was the result of the expert lobbying of a group of dedicated restaurateurs on behalf of themselves and their colleagues.

Such successes have been repeated over the years, particularly in the areas of taxation, licensing, standards, curriculum development both at Irish Government level and also at European level.

The RAI now represents in excess of 2,500 members, with establishments representing full service restaurants, coffees shops, hotel restaurants, gastropubs, golf clubs and cookery schools. We also have over 100 trade partners, businesses that are our approved suppliers of products and services for restaurants.