Hello, I'm Susan Briggs
I love to help people like you make their business better.
I've worked in tourism marketing for over 30 years, and in the 29 years since I started The Tourism Network marketing consultancy, I've helped over 7500 tourism businesses to attract more visitors and become more profitable. I've done B&B and now have a holiday cottage too so the experience I offer is always practical and cost-effective.
You need to find the shortest and most cost-effective route to success.
You need to know what's worth doing and what isn't.
You need to find a way to undertake low cost marketing that doesn't take up too much time and makes a difference.
Most of all, you probably want to feel more confident about your business, that you're not missing something, wasting time or money?
This is where my experience could benefit you.
I've worked with so many different types of tourism businesses I can now cut straight to the chase. I'm practical by nature.
My consultancy business has been successful, so I can now afford to focus on projects, businesses and people that feel "right". I'm doing the work that I think is most worthwhile and fulfilling. That means I have much more enthusiasm and energy to give.
Here's what I've done over the last 30 years:
After studying languages (French, German, Russian), I began my tourism industry career with a small incoming tour operator in my native Yorkshire, followed by a couple of years with a specialist study tour operators and incentive company in London. During that time I met many representatives from attractions, hotels and destinations who wanted to sell their products to me. I couldn't resist offering many of them marketing ideas, new contacts and ideas.
It didn't take long before I decided to start my own marketing consultancy (1990), helping destinations, accommodation providers and attractions to promote to a wider market and develop new revenue. Before long I had a great client list. They recommended me to others and the business grew.
I enjoyed living in London for 20 years but was really glad when I could move back up to the Yorkshire Dales. I love discovering new places or finding unexpected hidden gems in familiar spots, creating new events and social gatherings.
I'm a trustee of the local Community Office, local school governor, part of the group that organises Masham Sheep Fair and involved in various other community groups. One of my current "passion projects" is Dales Discoveries, as well as the Dales Tourism Network and North York Moors Tourism Network, all of which I run on a voluntary basis.
Some of the projects I've worked on in the last few years: