A letter from Seamus Heaney, head of Visit Cork, on how they are recommending the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, and details about free online training sessions from industry experts:
Dear Industry Partners,
We hope you are all keeping as well as can be expected in these very challenging and unprecedented times.
Over the past few months we have been working in the background with various bodies along with politicians to represent the interests of the Cork Tourism industry.
The Cork Tourism Task Force comprises of key stakeholders from the various sectors throughout Cork. It has been set up by the Visit Cork board and meets weekly to try and keep at pace with all of the updates and changes.
The main focus of the Task Force is to assist the executives and board of Visit Cork with key recommendations to government on how best the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, including:
Ensuring there is clarity for tourism providers on how they can reopen safely. Move to 1m Social Distancing (and apply additional precautionary measures, as set out in Protocols due to be published by Fáilte Ireland). Introducing bilateral agreements allowing travel between safe countries Furthermore, the Task Force will offer a suitable platform for strategic engagement with the wider travel and tourism industry in Cork. We will do our utmost to keep you updated on its outputs.
In the meantime for your benefit we have organised a number of free online training sessions from industry experts (These are all worthwhile and should be attended by yourselves or the best placed member of your team, or both). The details of which you can find below including links to sign up for free.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us on 0214318036 or email me on <email>
Head of Visit Cork.
Bank of Ireland Tourism Conference Call
Friday June 5th 11am (already gone)
Firstly while this isn’t one of our Visit Cork organised courses we would like to bring to your attention this Bank of Ireland conference call happening tomorrow which we feel would be of great benefit to anyone working in tourism:
This Friday the 5th of June at 11 am we would like to offer the tourism industry an opportunity to join in a conference call with Bank of Ireland’s Owen Clifford (Head of Retail) and Gerardo Larios Rizo (Head of Hospitality). This meeting is free of charge.
The subjects that will be covered are
· Finding your way to viability post lockdown
· Challenges and opportunities in the new competitive landscape
· Strategizing for the anticipated change in consumer behaviour
This will be followed by a Q & A
To join please use this link:
Meeting ID: 865 0697 7831
Avvio Online Booking Insights Webinar
Tuesday June 9th 10am – 11am
Avvio is an industry leader in offering innovative solutions for hotels and accommodation providers, though this session will be of benefit to anyone interested in Market Segmentation, current booking trends or launching digital campaigns. To sign up for free please use the link below:
Update Digital – Helping Your Tourism Business Re-start and Grow by being Pure Social
Tuesday June 16th 10am – 11am
The Vidacademy’s Producing Virtual Tours using a Mobile Phone
Tuesday June 23rd 10am – 11am
The Vidacademy specialises in demystifies the video production process to empower businesses and digital marketing professionals to create original video content for social media and websites. In this online webinar Judie Russell will show you how to create videos on your own mobile that will allow you to do online showarounds/tours of your property or attraction. Course includes info on creating montages for video, voice-overs, background music etc. To sign up for free please use the link below:
Steps to a Quicker Recovery – Sales Focus with Ciara Feely
Tuesday June 30th 10am – 10:30am
Ciara Feely is author of Steps To WIN in the Meetings Market. A book for Hotels & Venues on how to win more conference, event & incentive business. This conversational workshop will focus on Areas of Adjustment – what you can work on for the next 4 weeks that will position you for more WINs. Even if you are furloughed or laid off.
This is a practical workshop designed to help you think outside the box about what you can do to help your business through the Coronavirus. It is interactive – I will walk you through exercises to help you see where the opportunities are right now. Opportunities that will help give you or your business the edge in the next few weeks and start leading your Recovery (quicker). To sign up for free please use the link below:
- Twitter: Cork County Council
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- YouTube: Cork County Council
Millstreet has been chosen as one of twenty three towns by Cork County Council in Project ACT, in order to help businesses and communities recover from Covid-19, and to looking at what measures can be done to support. Some already include:
- Cleaning of footpaths
- Painting of public toilets
- New signage for square on the way
- Painting project launched this week to paint you premises in Millstreet
- Business supports:
- Looking at canopy – possible 1 in square and 1 other side church
- Supporting business – refund of last year’s rates.
- Leo- Business Clinic in Millstreet over coming week – lots of business support from LEO – South Cork Covers Millstreet area.