ONE of Ireland’s most experienced travel and tourism figures, Diane Poole OBE, has launched her own consultancy to provide strategic advice and support to the industry as the Covid-19 recovery process starts to kick in.

With Diane at the helm, DP Consultancy offers a wide range of services to companies working in the tourism, travel and leisure industry includingstrategy development, networking and lobbying, mentoring individuals and teams and crisis management, to name a few.

Diane has been an active member of the travel sector for over 40 years since joining NI Railways in the 1970s, during which time she has gained a wealth of experience across a number of industry sectors including ferry travel, destination marketing and strategic partnership development.

She has also held a number of Board advisory positions including Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Partnership for over 15 years and in 2009, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the tourism industry in Northern Ireland.

Diane is now looking forward to using her vast experience to help companies emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic that has devastated the industryover the past 14 months.

“The last 12 months have been extremely difficult for everyone involved in the travel and tourism sector, one of the hardest hit industries of our localeconomy,” said Diane.

“However, as the green shoots of positivity appear with the continued easing of lockdown restrictions, it’s now time for the industry to reset itself toprepare for the ‘restart’.

“Through DP Consultancy, I aim to use my 40 years’ experience, skills set and network of contacts to help organisations, groups or individuals whowant to reset their objectives in  the sector and plan for growth once again.

“The travel and tourism industry is one of the most dynamic, innovative and resilient sectors in our local economy and I am confident that DP Consultancy can help play a role in its recovery,” she added.

Anyone wanting to find out more about DP Consultancy, or to arrange a ‘no obligation’ introductory chat can send an email orcall me on 00 44 7836 701794.