Training and Mentoring available for Tourism Businesses

Sep 6, 0201   //   by admin   //   Training  //  No Comments

A training and mentoring programme, supported by Wexford Local Development, is starting for tourism busineses in Wexford in September 2011.

Wexford Local Development

How to Build a Strong Tourism Business:

We have developed this training progamme for tourism businesses, in conjunction with Wexford Local Development, based on feedback received from attendees at our How to Start a Tourism Business workshop last November.

Programme objective:

This programme will enable attendees to develop the skills required to build and operate a strong tourism business.

Programme Components:

  • Twelve 3 hour training workshops
  • One field trip to visit Wexford tourism businesses
  • One two hour mentor session with the programme trainer
  • Support from the programme trainer throughout the programme via email or social media
  • Blog posts written specifically to cover issues arising in the workshops
  • Comprehensive course materials, including folder, CD and sample tourism business plan

Who should attend:

This workshop is suitable for anyone in County Wexford who:

  • is starting a tourism business, or
  • already operates a tourism business and would like to improve their business skills.

The course will assist businesses to develop their own business plans, which are required to apply for funding from Wexford Local Development and other organisations.

 Training Topics:

  1. Introduction
  2. Product & Operations Development
  3. Customer Care
  4. Marketing, PR and Sales
  5. A Website for the Business
  6. Online Marketing and Social Media
  7. Financial Management
  8. Pricing for Profit
  9. Business Planning I
  10. Business Planning II
  11. Food Safety
  12. Next Steps


Board room, Kilcannon Garden Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.


Every Tuesday from September 6, 2011 to November 29, 2011 inclusive.


2:00pm to 5:00pm for 12 weeks and one field trip day 10am to 4pm. 

Cost & Eligibility :

This programme is fully subsidised by Wexford Local Development under the National Rural Development Programme, and is free of charge. It is limited to tourism businesses located within County Wexford.


To book your place on this course you can email Seamus Doran of Wexford Local Development at Please note that places on this course are limited.


Helen Cousins of Xcel Business Solutions, a chartered accountant by profession, is a business consultant, mentor and trainer with over 25 years in business. Helen specialises in working with tourism businesses, and has had a number of roles in tourism at National level. She is currently a Director of the Irish Self Catering Federation and has served as a Director of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC). Helen also operates her ownself catering business.


UPDATE 29.08.11

Cancellation place available – please email to enquire or book your place.


UPDATE 06.09.11

Course has started and is now full.

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