Hello, I'm Susan Briggs
I love to help people like you make their business better.
I'm guessing: you don't have a huge marketing budget and you don't have as much time as you'd like?
You need to know what's worth doing and what isn't. You need to find a way to undertake low cost marketing that's quick and makes a tangible difference. You probably would also like 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 in tourism marketing for over 32 years, and in the 30 years since I started The Tourism Network marketing consultancy, I've helped over 8000 tourism businesses to attract more visitors and become more profitable. I've done B&B and now have a holiday cottage, so the experience I offer is always practical and cost-effective.
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:
I cried. You don't have to.
It was a dark, rainy evening. I cried as I walked home from work. I had my dream tourism job, but felt frustrated & helpless, not knowing where to turn to learn more & get help. It felt like I was just going round in circles, stabbing at things in the dark.
This was over three decades ago.
I did courses, read books & through plenty of trial & error I built my tourism marketing knowledge. I worked for small & large businesses, famous attractions, hotel chains, tour operators & many small accommodation businesses & start ups.
Since then I've helped thousands of tourism businesses, sharing my practical knowhow to make their businesses better.
I’ve never forgotten how it felt to not know where to turn. I understand the sense of isolation you sometimes feel, the frustration of not knowing where to find solutions to business problems. I've also seen all the positive things that happen when people share ideas, collaborate & support each other. That's why I created the Tourism Network.
I hope you'll join us.