Talktourism on National Radio: RTE Radio 1

We had our monthly Talktourism Web2.0 Network workshop in Clones, Co Monaghan on the 11th February ’09.  This network of five small tourism providers have become proficient at using the free Web2.0 tools that are available for the promotion of their rural tourism businesses.  Each network member learns from the others experiences and attempts to use various online tools since our last workshop.

An opportunity was presented that morning when one of our national radio stations announced that they were visiting Cavan Monaghan later today ‘to speak to real people dealing with the economic downturn’. So, never being one to miss an opportunity; I sent an email off to ‘Morning Ireland’ which is a current affairs programme on RTE Radio 1 inviting them along to our workshop. 

I was surprised when I received a call from reporter Cian McCormack reporter with RTE Radio 1 that they would be interested in coming along to meet with the group.  The programme was generally looking how the current economic crisis is impacting on rural Ireland.  Cian interviewed all present, paying particular attention to three of our small tourism providers from Cavan and Monaghan.  I was impressed by the enthusiasm and positive responses from our local tourism entreprenuers.

They left as quick as they came and we all waited with anticipation the following morning to hear our piece on national radio and we can only sum up that we were being too positive!  Unfortunately they did not cover our story as there was more pressing issues with failing banks and general economic doom & gloom…  If you want to read more about this and the views of the web2.0 network visit our Talktourism discussion.

That afternoon our Talktourism Web2.0 Network meeting continued with renewed vigour following the visit from RTE.  Later in the afternoon our two local County Tourism Marketing Officers from Cavan and Monaghan dropped in to find out what we are doing.  They were interested in the activities of the group and it provided all with an opportunity to update online and offline links!

It has become clear to all the members of this network is that the year ahead is going to be tough and the opportunities that exist through various online media, presents a real opportunity for small tourism providers to gain greater access to their potential markets. 

We are interested in hearing how your business dealing with the current economic downturn and what strategies you have put in place to attract more business!  Let us know by commenting here or on www.talktourism.ie

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