Make more of your tourism business through Tourism Learning Networks

13 February, 2006 - Fáilte Ireland and the Tourism Research Centre at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have just launched a new training initiative (Tourism Learning Networks) for small and medium sized tourism enterprises. Under this innovative scheme, owners and managers of tourism enterprises can apply for a place on a structured tourism training programme aimed at all enterprises working in the sector. Fáilte Ireland has subsidised the scheme so participants will get a huge reduction on the cost of attendance.

Entitled Making more of your Tourism business, the programme will involve a series of workshops centred on an industry-based management challenge. To be delivered to each of seven learning networks based in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, the format will be interactive, practical, relevant and of interest to all small and medium enterprises working in the tourism sector. Mentoring support will be provided and a number of guest speakers will share their experiences with participants. All participants will be registered as DIT students and will have access to DIT's learning and teaching resources. Those who successfully complete the course will develop a strategic plan to make the most of their business and each will graduate with a DIT Certificate of Professional Development.

The Irish tourism industry employs over 230,000 people and is currently worth €5.1 billion to the economy. It is, however, dominated by smaller family-run business where pressures of work and rigid training structures hinder staff and management development.

According to John Carty, Project Manager with DIT's Tourism Research Centre; "these new Tourism Learning Networks will serve as a forum where small tourism operators can consider business challenges that affect them all, swap insights and experiences and identify areas where they might collaborate to their mutual advantage".

Kevin Moriarty, Head of Professional Development at Failte Ireland, added "It is expected that network members will develop new and innovative approaches to doing better business in the region through networking with each other and through the application of cutting edge management and business techniques."

There are a limited number of places available on each of the seven networks so early booking is essential!

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