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European Parliament Event on Tourism

Deirdre Clune, MEP, will host a Tourism Information seminar in Youghal this coming Thursday Sept.17th.commencing at 6.30pm– Local tourism business must get online or risk being left behind! – the event is free of charge

. – To reserve a place, please call 01 6057900 or email events-epdublin@ep.europa.eu

Speaking in advance of this seminar, Ms.Clune described the fast changing nature of the tourism business.

“Fáilte Ireland research shows that over 73% of holidaymakers to Ireland use the internet for planning a holiday here. What is more interesting is how they are using the internet. According to travel website Tnooz.com, in the first half of 2014, nearly 16% of bookings and 19% of room nights were booked on tablets and smartphones. 41% of web visitors and nearly 38% of page views were generated from non-desktop devices (mobile and tablet). Tourism providers need to be aware of how the tourism market and the tourists booking habits are changing.

“This seminar is designed to help tourism providers by bringing together experts in the field of tourism, online booking and tourism related marketing.

“If you own a restaurant, Bed and Breakfast, bar or any business that depends on attracting tourists through the door, then I would encourage you to come along on Thursday night.

The event will also centre on initiatives and funding from Irish and EU sources with presentations by experts in the industry. The seminar will place special emphasis on sources and types of funding available for the industry and how to maximise the potential of social media to attract customers.

Speakers Include….

Deirdre Clune MEP

A member of the European Parliament Committee for Transport and Tourism, Deirdre will chair the event and report your views directly to the European Parliament.

Brian Harte, Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland has reached over 3 million fans on Facebook. Brian will share their success secrets and provide tips on digital marketing.

Clio Gara, The Gleneagle Hotel

How this hotel achieved worldwide recognition and some tips on making your business the first choice of travellers.

Jenny De Salles , Failte Ireland

Covering the southern region, Jenny will give an update on tourism trends and new innovations – in particular, Ireland’s Ancient East initiative.

South Cork Local Enterprise Office

Funding and supports for SMEs in the Tourism Industry.

The event is jointly organised by the European Parliament Office in Ireland in conjunction with Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group and Youghal Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free of charge and will take place in the Walter Raleigh Hotel, on Thursday 17 September 2015 at 6.30 pm.

To reserve a place, please call 01 6057900 or email events-epdublin@ep.europa.eu

In conjunction with Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group and Youghal Chamber of Commerce.