Building for the future of tourism in the Cork area
The benefits of tourism to the East Cork area are immense and working together to build a strong network of tourism related business in high on the agenda for SECAD and the Ring of Cork.
Three local area meetings, one in Cobh, one in Midleton and one in Youghal have been planned for Ring of Cork members, as well as other businesses with a tourism related interest. These are being co-ordinated for SECAD by Margot Dwyer Mulcahy, MDMpr. The primary aim is to encourage product providers to work together, for them to understand that competition is good and to develop a stronger tourism network. Non-members of the Ring of Cork are encouraged to attend these networking to help grow the Brand so that it becomes internationally recognised. In addition to the local forums, a regional event has also been planned to bring all areas together for a major networking occasion. This will be taking place in Midleton and will be the culmination of the process, also having a major draw.
The local events have already commenced, with the first taking place at Fota Wildlife Park for the Cobh/Fota and Carrigtwohill based product providers. This proved most successful, with over 35 tourism businesses attending. The outcome was very positive, with good suggestions coming from the floor. The Youghal based event took place at Clancy’s, with great feedback which will be included in a new strategy for the region. .
Midleton & Area Networking event
Seamus Cunningham, Director of the Ring of Cork and Chairman of the Midleton Chamber, is hosting the Midleton event next Monday, commencing at approx. 6 p.m at Wallis’s Bar. Finger foods and beverages are included for those attending.
The local meetings incorporated:
- Informal networking
- Round-table discussion format,
- Familiarization – A short presentation on local product
- Q&A – Questions about other businesses in their area – and answers from the product providers attending
- Forum on the Future: The final part of the local meetings is a Forum to discuss their vision for ROC and where they feel it should be going.
The Regional Event
Award-winning travel writer, editor, and author, Pól Ó Conghaile will be the keynote speaker at the Regional event. This will take place on the 6th February. Pol is Travel Editor for Independent.ie, and regularly contributes on travel to National Geographic Traveller UK, Cara Magazine, and The Irish Independent. He features widely on national TV and radio, including the RTE Today Show and the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk. Currently, he is Ireland’s Travel Writer of the Year. At the event, he will:
“ Speak specifically about East Cork, but would like to broaden it out to include several examples of best practise tourism and trends (from both Ireland and overseas), that I think, would be very instructive for your audience”.
The Regional Event will include Failte Ireland participation. Full details of this event will be circularized shortly.
It is hoped that this process will encourage an ethos of cooperation and referral business between tourism interests, with regular networking meetings between product providers evolving.
If you have a tourism related business in the Midleton/ Castlemartyr/ Ballycotton area and would like to come along on Monday, please email me at info@mdmprdotcom