Siobhan Burke Tourism Editing

I’m Siobhán Burke and I established Wordhoard in 2010 when I began working with West Cork communities on their tourism strategies

My background is in Higher Education – my Ph.D. focused on 20th-century Irish writing – and I worked for 10 years as a lecturer in Higher Education.

I lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, Staffordshire University, and other HE institutions before moving to West Cork, where I have strong family connections, in 2008.

In HE, I was involved in a range of projects and initiatives focused on widening participation, and I found the skills I had developed in that sphere were useful to businesses and communities that were looking to rise to the challenges of modern tourism and make the most of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Developing Sustainable Tourism

Responsible tourism development involves a capacity for strategic thinking and a realistic assessment of the opportunities and threats tourism can pose to communities and the environment. It draws on grassroots insights, and its strategies need to be owned and acted on by communities themselves. It requires creative thinking and an ability to engage with the world from the visitor’s point of view.

Today, I offer tourism consultancy services to a range of tourism businesses and organisations, helping them to develop coherent and attractive strategies for growth. And I keep editing international relations work, not least because it is one way to travel the world…

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Sustaining Tourism Through Experience Development” (Máire Ní Síthigh Autumn School, Courtmacsherry, October 2018)
  • “Developing Craft Tourism – Global & Local Perspectives” (Laois, October 2018)
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