A new Chair is set to bring a wealth of national tourism industry experience to the board of Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s destination management/marketing organisation (DMO).
Directors recently voted unanimously to appoint David Curtis-Brignell MBE as the new Chair of the organisation.
It follows the resignation earlier this year of Ian Griffiths, who was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Visit Isle of Wight since 2019.
David Curtis-Brignell comes to Visit Isle of Wight with a vast wealth of experience in travel, tourism, destination management organisations and the
hotel sector at a local, regional and national level.
"My career has been all about tourism, starting in local government, then working in - and later alongside - the national Tourist Board.
"Visit Isle of Wight is among the most highly regarded DMOs in England and it will be a genuine pleasure to work with and support Will Myles and his team.
"The other attraction to me personally, is of course that the Isle of Wight is an amazing place to promote.
"All of this, combined with a genuine sense of welcoming, is something that everyone should be proud to be part of."
David is currently on the non-executive board of Visit Isle of Man [the other UK island which holds UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Status].
Tourism Society twice [the only person to have done so], was deputy CEO of Visit Kent/Visit Herts, Steering Group Chair of English Tourism Week as well previous roles with travel trade for the English Tourist Board [now VisitEngland], and marketing and sales in the tourism sector.
David congratulated Visit Isle of Wight on the recent award of Local Visitor Economy Partnership for the Island with VisitEngland, and says the importance of LVEP status is part of the Island’s road to success.
Will Myles, MD at Visit Isle of Wight says:
"I am very glad to be working with David as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Visit Isle of Wight, the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings is second to none, which will ultimately benefit the Island’s businesses in the visitor economy.
"I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the former chair Ian Griffiths, whose leadership and good counsel proved invaluable in helping steer Visit Isle of Wight through the turbulent waters of the pandemic."