Dingle Peninsula Tourism networking event a great success

THERE was a huge turnout at the business networking event hosted by Comharchumann Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne in the Dingle Skellig Hotel last Thursday as local business people from different walks of life congregated to share information and prepare for the season ahead.

Comharchumann Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Peninsula Tourism) has been running networking events for several years, focusing on a different theme at each event.

This year's theme was all about promoting local business through the utilisation of digital marketing techniques.

"We are all familiar with some of these new ways [to promote business] - Facebook, Twitter and the like - but there are so many of them," said Isabel Bennett of Comharchumann Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne.

"So we had several speakers present, each giving an introduction to things like Geocoding, Dropbox, Pinterest, YouTube and so on."

There were several main aims to the event, at which Raidió na Gaeltachta's Pádraig Ó Sé acted as master of ceremonies, including the provision of new information and networking and details of all the festivals and events which take place on the Dingle Peninsula each year. There was also including an introduction by Fáilte Ireland to the 'Wild Atlantic Way'.

According to Isabel, Comharchumann Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne was very pleased with the large turnout, and the feedback from those who attended.

"There were questions raised with regards the availability of broadband and internet speeds on the Dingle Peninsula, so one outcome is that we plan to follow up on that and lobby for improvements," she said.

"We will also be emailing a factsheet to our members with information on all the topics covered."

The 'Destination Dingle Peninsula App' – which is free to download on smartphone and tablets - was also one of the subjects covered at the networking event.

"The app is to be expanded and improved this year, so we will be encouraging people to renew their membership, or to join, as apps are very much part of the way visitors find out about and explore new areas that they visit," Isabel added.


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