Author Archives: Barrie Foster
About Barrie FosterBarrie trained and worked as a photographer in the 1960s and began working in marketing services in the 1970s. After some years with London agencies he established his own marketing consultancy in 1985 and soon chose to specialise in tourism and leisure. He moved to Pembrokeshire in 1987 after joining the Wales Tourist Board Business Advisory Service as an independent marketing specialist and gaining accreditation under the DTI Marketing Initiative. Although he has worked in all sectors of tourism, for private and public sector clients of all sizes, his main interests lie with SMEs [Small and Medium Sized Enterprises] and with the development of collaborative initiatives, whether by trade groups, joint marketing consortia or local communities. He believes strongly that Share Wales takes the idea of co-operation to a new level and feels sure that new ways of working and new alignments will be stimulated by the Share Wales team and by contributions from both the trade and from digital professionals. Barrie's interests, not entirely unrelated to his working life and his Pembrokeshire base, include surfing (of the goat boat variety), rock climbing (sadly pretty much a thing of the past), walking his camera on the Pembrokeshire coast and hills and people watching. When recovering from all of this he enjoys history, cinema, and blues and jazz from the first half of the 20th Century.
Posts by Barrie Foster
Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team, has announced that the rollout of Penguin 2.0 was completed today (23 May). This is not simply an upgrade of previous anti-spam algorithms but a whole new generation which will penetrate deeper into … Continue reading
According to figures published in April by marketing intelligence agency International Data Corporation, sales of personal computers and laptops fell by 14% in the first three months of 2013, the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline. Some commentators have seen … Continue reading
New opportunities for collaboration Day visitor attractions are an important contributor to Welsh tourism. Taken together, they offer an enormous range of experiences, from large capacity family oriented venues, to museums of all sizes, to steam railways and to our … Continue reading
The Broadband Support Scheme If you are in one the many broadband not-spots or slow-spots in Wales, the Welsh Government Broadband Support Scheme provides funding for alternative solutions. Eligibility is across a broad spectrum – small businesses, local communities, voluntary … Continue reading
Visit Wales Trade Events in 2013 The theme of the latest 2013 Visit Wales tourism industry trade events has been “Improving the Visitor Experience”. The events, that have been taking place across Wales, have been developed in partnership with the … Continue reading