£200k Pilot eTourism Project to Help Businesses in the West Midlands Go Digital and Global

iLearn.To ™ today announces a £200k co-financed project. In partnership with the European Social Fund, the Learning & Skills Council and AuctionAssist the aim is to help businesses in the Hospitality and Tourism sector in the West Midlands capitalise on the eTourism revolution.

London, UK (PRWEB) July 7, 2005 -- iLearn.To ™ today announces a £200k co-financed project. In partnership with the European Social Fund, the Learning & Skills Council and AuctionAssist the aim is to help businesses in the Hospitality and Tourism sector in the West Midlands capitalise on the eTourism revolution.

Most people now prefer to book and research their trips in advance of their holiday using the Internet. This project helps businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector capitalise on eTourism by providing the sector with the necessary skills and assistance to drive more visitors to the West Midlands region; manage resources more effectively and sell their services both nationally and internationally, thus generating greater profits for the business.

Participating businesses will receive fully-subsidised management training; eBusiness consultancy; eCommerce development and one-to-one support to kick start their online sales to a national and international audience, using eBay’s worldwide marketplace.

At the end of the project, businesses will have trained staff with a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, which enables them to manage change and support business growth more effectively. Businesses will also get a website (or improvements to their existing website) that is ecommerce-enabled.

“We expect businesses to be selling nationally and internationally within weeks of joining the project. eBay currently has over 150 million users around the world, its platform is ideal for developing businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector and to achieve greater yield management and therefore increased profits.” commented Sieng Van Tran, Chief Executive Officer.    

The project is free to small businesses in the Hospitality & Tourism sector. Space is limited to the first 50 companies in the WestMidlands area, with 50% of places earmarkered for female beneficiaries. Businesses wishing to participate should contact the project manager Robert Smyth on 0845 126 0802 or visit http://www.iLearn.To/eTourism

About iLearn.To
iLearn.To was one of the first eLearning companies in the U.K. Its mission is to deliver lifelong learning to equip individuals and businesses wiht the relevant skills and knowledge to be able to compete in today’s rapidly developing economy. ILearn.To works with a range of governement and not for profit agencies to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning through the use of eLearning and other techonologies.

About AuctionAssist
AuctionAssist™ - a service that helps people and business to sell on eBay. eBay is the largest online auction website in the world with over 150 million customers worldwide. Although buying on eBay is very simple, selling has proved to be a big hurdle, with eBay reporting that 90% of customers have never sold an item using their service.

AuctionAssist™ works with eBay through its Trading Assistant program to take the pain out of selling unwanted goods. It will basically collect items that people want to sell; value, photograph and place items online; sell it to the buyer, packaging the goods and collecting payment. All the seller has to do is wait for the cheque…it’s as simple as that!

AuctionAssist™ is in the process of going public through a listing on the Pink Sheets in the US.

AuctionAssist™ is a trademark of Auction Assist Ltd. All other product and company names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

http://www.AuctionAssist.co.uk

About ESF
European Social Fund – Helping develop employment by promoting employability, the business spirit and equal opportunities and investing in human resource.

About LSC
The LSC exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. We are responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone. We have a single goal: to improve the skills of England’s young people and adults to world-class standards. Our vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England have the knowledge and skills matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive workforce. Established in 2001, we work nationally, regionally and locally from a network of offices across the country.

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