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Events

AGT Annual General Meeting

Londonderry Arms, Carnlough

Monday 14 January 1.45pm

Please join us if you can for our Annual General Meeting next Monday 14 January at the Londonderry Arms, Carnlough. In addition to the Chair’s Annual Report for 2018, we’ll also be setting our 2019 Objectives and there’ll be an update on forthcoming business, marketing and training opportunities from Tourism NI and Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid & East Antrim Borough Councils.

We’ll also be voting in the AGT Committee – so if you’d like to either stand for election, or nominate someone else, please email  info@antrimglenstourism.com by 5.00pm Friday 11 Januaryor you can let us know at the meeting. The Committee posts are as follows:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice Treasurer
  • Marketing & Web Co-ordinator

There are also a couple of non-portfolio Committee members so that we have around 8 Committee members in all.

Schedule:

1.00pm: Networking Lunch (Optional)

1.45pm: Registration & Tea/Coffee

2.00pm: Annual General Meeting

Menu Choices (£12 pp including tea/coffee & shortbread):

  • Fish Pie with Vegetables
  • Lasagne with Crispy Salad, Chips & garlic bread
  • Goujons of Chicken Fillet with Hollah Strawberry, Chilli & Prosecco Chutney, Salad Garnish & Chips
  • Soup & sandwiches, tea/coffee & shortbread also available (£10 pp)

Please confirm to info@antrimglenstourism.com by 5.00pm Friday 11 January if you’d like to come for lunch as we need to confirm numbers to the Londonderry Arms.

AGT Meeting & Christmas Dinner

CCR Cluster Speed Network Meeting

Thursday 22 November, Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

The schedule is:

6.00pm:           Fork Buffet (£12 pp)

6.30pm:           Tea/Coffee

6.45-8.45pm:  Speed Networking

Speed Networking events provide an opportunity to network and find potential partners to work with to help you attract more visitors/customers.  If you have time, please join us for the Fork Buffet beforehand for an extra networking opportunity.

If you’d like to attend, please:

  1. Confirm to info@antrimglenstourism.com by Monday 19th November 5.00pm
  2. Confirm if you’d also like to book for the Fork Buffet (we need to confirm catering numbers)
  3. Email no more than a 2-line description of your business as we’ll be putting together a participants’ listing in advance so you’ll be able to see who is present and who you would particularly like to meet with.

CCR Cluster meetings are open to all tourism providers along the Causeway Coastal Route and surrounding area. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

Exhibition Skills Training for Trade Fairs & Consumer Shows

Date: Wednesday 7 November

Venue: Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Offices, Sheskburn House, Ballycastle

MORNING SESSION:

Time: 9.15am – 1.00pm

Trainer: Lynda Willis, Customer Sense Training

Maximum number of participants: Up to 15

Cost: £10 pp (Antrim Glens Tourism members), £20 pp (non-members)

Catering: Refreshments & light lunch kindly provided by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.

Purpose of training session:

This training is designed to help you get the most out of exhibiting at a trade show. It will help to clarify your role, plan your stand and prepare for the event whilst practising your sales pitch in a safe environment so that you can be more confident on the day of the show.

What the training covers:

  • Getting to know your target audience
  • Matching the Causeway Coastal Route to the target audience
  • The Selling Process – the Elevator Pitch, Communications Skills and Handling Objections
  • Creating a positive first impression – appearance, body language, conversation, mobile phone, knowledge and attitude
  • Getting the stand right – literature, display boards, props and chairs
  • After the trade show

LUNCH: 1.00pm – 1.45pm

AFTERNOON SESSION:

Time: 1.45pm – 4.00pm

Facilitator: Lynda Willis, Customer Sense Training

Purpose of Workshop Session:

The workshop is designed to help us design our future exhibition presence and decide how we can best pool our resources to optimise cost and space to showcase both the Causeway Coastal Route as a visitor destination and our own individual offers This is a facilitated brainstorming exercise which will focus on:

  • Pooling resources to maximise our presence, impact and message including available budgets
  • Stand layout ie the experience presented to the visitor – backdrops, TV screens, visual impact, tables/chairs, props, leaflets, characterisation, food/arts/culture samples
  • Staffing – how many staff, clothing, use of characters
  • Pre-event research and preparation – use & responsibility for social media posts, offers, packages & breaks, accommodation, etc. 

By the end of the session, the aim is to have a draft action plan for a collective CCR presence at future trade shows. 

We would like to thank Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for their support in kindly providing the venue, refreshments and light lunch.

To Book Your Place: Please email me at info@antrimglenstourism.com by 12.00 noon Friday 2nd November. (Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements).

Antrim Glens Tourism/Glens Cluster Meeting

Tuesday 16 October 10.00am

Our next meeting is kindly hosted by Lissanoure Castle, Loughgiel followed by a visit to Scullion Hurls and lunch at the Millennium Centre Deli Café – you’re welcome to attend any or all of the programme which is as follows:

Lissanoure Castle

10.00am – Welcome & Refreshments

10.10am – Tour of the Castle, Lough and Conference & Banqueting Suite

10.35am – Meeting

11.50pm – Meeting Closes

 

Visit to Scullion Hurls

12.00 – 1.00pm  Tour & Demonstration

Lunch at the Millennium Centre Café Deli

1.00-2.00pm

Please can you Fern Major know at info@antrimglenstourism.com if you plan to attend by 12 noon Friday 12 October (and for which parts) as I need to confirm numbers to all 3 venues.

 

The address is 72 Ballyveely Rd, Loughguile, Ballymena BT44 9JW – please click  here  for a map.

Causeway Coastal Route Tourism Cluster Business Meeting

Tuesday 25 September at 6.30pm

Bushmills Inn.

This will be our first all-cluster meeting as the Causeway and Binevenagh Cluster will also be joining us. We have Guest Speakers from Keep NI Beautiful and the Report All app as well as representatives from Tourism NI and both CC&G and MEA Borough Councils.

If you have time before our meeting, we are also all invited by The Designerie in Bushmills to drop into their open house event to see what they have to offer visitors.

WHEN – Tuesday 25th September
TIME – 5.30m-7pm
WHERE – Upstairs at The Designerie, Main Street Bushmills

The Makers House is a creative hub where like minded designer makers will cluster together to make, market, educate, support and collaborate to build a strong vibrant creative sector on the Causeway Coast. For a map and directions, please see The Designerie

 

If you’re planning to attend the meeting, please email info@antrimglenstourism.com by 8.00pm Friday 21st September.

Are you ready for GDPR and the new data privacy regulations?

Date:          Thursday 17 May 5.30pm

Venue:       The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

Speaker:    Roy Toner, Managing Director, Jalaro Data Privacy Specialists

The new Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May will affect ALL businesses – big, small and micro alike.  If you collect and store ANY personal data on your customers, you need to find out what you need to do to make sure your business is compliant before 25 May.  It is essential for all businesses to plan their approach to GDPR compliance now, to map out which parts of the new legislation will have the greatest impact and to decide if you need to put new procedures in place.

We are partnering with the Rotary Club of Ballycastle to provide this second opportunity for Causeway Coastal Route tourism businesses to attend Roy Toner’s excellent seminar. If you haven’t already attended a session on this new regulation, please do try and make it to this one.

Roy will help cut through the jargon and scaremongering about GDPR and will explain what you need to do to make sure your business is compliant. The seminar will cover:

  • What is GDPR
  • Key changes brought in by GDPR
  • How GDPR will affect all businesses
  • The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) – Higher fines and greater powers
  • Potential Risks and Data Breaches
  • Starting your GDPR journey

 

To Book: If you’d like to attend, please email Fern Major know by 5.00pm Weds 16 May, so that we can confirm numbers.

Our Tourism Cluster meetings and events are open to all tourism providers promoting the Causeway Coastal Route. Everyone is welcome at our meetings and events – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

 

Info Session on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR )

How the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR ) will affect your customer data  management and governance

Date:          Monday 30 April at 7.30pm

Venue:       The Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough

Speaker:    Roy Toner, Managing Director, Jalaro Data Privacy Specialists

If you collect and store ANY personal data on your customers, then it will be subject to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018.

To find out what you need to do to make sure your business is compliant, we have arranged this special seminar to help cut through the jargon and scaremongering about GDPR. It is essential for all businesses to plan their approach to GDPR compliance now, to map out which parts of the new legislation will have the greatest impact and to decide if you need to put new procedures in place.

The seminar will cover the following areas:

  • What is GDPR
  • Key changes brought in by GDPR
  • How GDPR will affect all businesses
  • The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) – Higher fines and greater powers
  • Potential Risks and Data Breaches
  • Starting your GDPR journey

If you’d like to attend, please let Fern Major know by 3.00pm on Friday 27th April so that we can confirm numbers.

The address is The Londonderry Arms Hotel20 Harbour Road, Carnlough BT44 0EU. Please click here for a map.

Our Tourism Cluster meetings are open to all tourism providers promoting the Causeway Coastal Route. Everyone is welcome at our meetings and events – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

Causeway Coastal Route Cluster Gobbins Tour & Speed Networking

  Tuesday 15th May, The Gobbins

 

The Gobbins is kindly hosting our next Speed Networking event which is open to all Causeway Coastal Route Cluster members and tourism providers.

Schedule:

10.10am: Welcome

10.30am: Tour of the Gobbins Cliff Path – Meet in the Briefing Room

1.00pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Coffee and Tea in the Big Hall

1.45pm: Speed Networking

3.45pm: Close

The schedule includes an optional tour of The Gobbins Cliff Path at 10.30am. Please bring suitable walking shoes/boots and waterproofs. As the route is narrow in places, no bags or walking poles can be taken along. There are lockers where you can leave all personal items and bags etc.

A light lunch (soup and sandwiches) will be available at 1.00pm at a cost of £7.00 pp. The Speed Networking event will start promptly at 1.45pm and will provide an opportunity for tourism businesses to find potential partners to develop itineraries and packages with to help attract more visitors/customers.

Causeway Coastal Route Cluster meetings are open to all tourism providers. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

To book, please contact Fern Major  by 12.00 noon Thursday 10 May, indicating which of the following you’d like to attend:

a) The Gobbins Cliff Path Tour

b) Lunch

c) Speed Networking

Please note, if you are interested in doing the tour:

  1. The tour will take 2.5 hours from the Briefing Session at 10.30am prompt until 1.00pm.
  2. The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway.
  3. A good level of fitness is needed – you must be fit enough to climb 50 flights of stairs and walk a very steep 1 in 5 gradient.
  4. Suitable outdoor clothing (including a waterproof jacket) and walking boots or shoes are essential.
  5. The route is so narrow in places that no bags or walking poles can be taken along – there are lockers to leave valuables, bags and personal items.
  6. Cameras can be taken along, but not camera bags.

Please see The Gobbins Cliff Path website for more details, for a map and directions.

 

Mail Chimp Training

If you’re interested in learning how to put together branded communications and/or an e-zine, we have secured some funding for 3 Mail Chimp workshops, delivered by Darren McGinley. The Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is kindly sponsoring this training.

This will be practical hands-on training. The aim is to have your communication/e-zine template designed and ready to use by the end of the 3-hour workshop. You’ll need to bring along the following:

  • Your laptop
  • Your logos, images and some content
  • Your database/email list of contacts (in Excel for speed of upload)
  • Your phone for connecting the app

There will only be 4 businesses per workshop to enable Darren to provide support and assistance to everyone. There’s a choice of morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

Cost: Free to Antrim Glens Tourism members; £50 pp for non-members.

The dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Mon 16 April, 6.30-9.30pm at Glendale B&B, Cushendall
  • Thurs 26 April, 12.30-3.30pm at The Pepper Mill, Cushendall
  • Thurs 3 May, 9.30am-12.30pm – venue TBC (depending on participant location)

 

If you’d like to book a place, please contact Fern Major