‘Open for Business’ conferences


Tourism businesses across Cornwall are being offered expert advice and support in a series of ‘Open for Business’ conferences organised by Visit Cornwall as part of the Government backed extreme weather recovery programme.

Supported by Visit England and Cornwall Council, the conferences have been devised to help businesses that have been directly affected as a result of storm and flood damage, as well as those that have concerns about bookings for Easter and the summer.

Local conferences will be held in Bude, Looe, Truro, and Penzance, and will provide professional advice on a range of topics including:

  • Using PR in a crisis
  • Effective use of social media
  • Visit Cornwall marketing campaign
  • Best use of email
  • Flood recovery planning
  • Getting the most out of Google
  • What does your website say?

Attendees will also have an opportunity for one-to-one sessions with business advisers.

The Council’s economy portfolio holder, Julian German said: “These conferences will provide practical advice to tourism businesses and help them to tap into support measures available.

“With 74% of businesses reporting a 10% – 20% reduction in year-on-year bookings, it is hoped the help on offer will boost business in the lead up to Easter, and I urge all businesses to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Four morning conferences will take place at the following venues from 9:30am to 1pm with optional one-to-one business advice sessions in the afternoons.

  • Truro, Alverton Hotel, Thursday March 13
  • Looe, Hannafore Point Hotel, Friday March 14
  • Penzance, Queen’s Hotel, Monday March 17
  • Bude, Falcon Hotel, Tuesday March 18

For more information and to book a free place, click here.