Appointment of the Chair of the Board of VisitScotland

Published on : Monday, March 7, 2016

new Chair of the BoardTourism Minister Fergus Ewing today announced the appointment of John Thurso as the new Chair of the Board of VisitScotland.


Mr Ewing said:

“I am delighted to welcome John Thurso as the new Chair of VisitScotland and wish him well in his new post. Scottish tourism goes from strength to strength and I’m sure VisitScotland will benefit hugely from John’s experience and expertise in the industry to grow and develop Scotland’s visitor economy.”


John Thurso said of his appointment:

“Scotland is an iconic national brand with a world class tourist offering and VisitScotland does a great job promoting both. I look forward to joining the team where I hope the skills I have learnt in my hospitality career combined with my career in public service will make a useful contribution.”


Mike Cantlay, the outgoing Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“I’m sure that John – like me – will relish every moment that he spends selling Scotland on the global stage. It really is the best job in the world and I’m confident that, with his vast experience and outstanding credentials, he will serve the Scottish tourism industry with distinction.”


Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said:

“We are delighted to welcome John Thurso as the new Chair of VisitScotland. Our new Chair joins us at an exciting time for the organisation with the launch of our first ever global marketing campaign just last month.


“Tourism continues to go from strength to strength in Scotland and I’m sure John’s vast experience, in both the hospitality industry and public sector, will be a valuable asset for VisitScotland in the years ahead, as we continue to showcase our country as the perfect place to visit and invest in.”


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