Tourism Business Supports Ballyhoura Development continues to work with and support tourism businesses, attractions and activity providers in the Ballyhoura region that are impacted by COVID-19. While this is very challenging time for the tourism and hospitality sector, it is still important to plan ahead and identify opportunities for the region to be prepared to respond to visitors' needs as they arise. We are encouraging all tourism businesses, attractions and activity providers to use this time to consider their opportunities; Is it a good time to boost awareness so that when travel demand picks up again, your business is well prepared to take advantage of the uptick? What digital platforms and tools can you use right now to boost awareness and increase your customer base for the future? Should you consider focusing on a different or additional target audience, and increasing your marketing activities targeted at domestic travellers? How can you implement a ‘Guest Retention’ strategy? Consider how best to adjust your thinking and approaches to fit the current situation and take time to prepare and be ready to maximise your activities when the current crisis abates. How Ballyhoura Development can help Ballyhoura Development is here to help, advise and support individual businesses and tourism activity providers via online Zoom clinics, which can be booked directly with Jana Mannion at [email protected]. Contact Jana regarding any immediate challenges you might have and require direction on. Ballyhoura Development will continue promoting the region and its offerings through Visit Ballyhoura social media and other digital platforms. You can submit your offerings for sharing on social media to [email protected]. A range of online training workshops are being devised for tourism businesses. Details of these workshops will be posted in our Events listings as they are finalised. Ballyhoura Development will continue to communicate with Fáilte Ireland and other tourism agencies on the range of available supports. Other Supports Available In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on the tourism sector, Fáilte Ireland is targeting its business supports to respond to the most urgent challenges and threats tourism businesses are now facing. All of these supports can be accessed through the Fáilte Ireland Support Hub which includes includes practical webinars and advice from leading industry partners in a number of crucial areas including; Business Liquidity & Cost Containment HR Risks Temporary Business Closure Temporary Lay-offs and Redundancies Safeguarding Future Revenues Jumpstarting Sales Access to Government supports Brand & Reputation Practical Operational Guidance for Tourism Businesses Questions raised in relation to the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme are summarised in Fáilte Ireland's Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme FAQ document.