Argyll and the Isles Tourism appoint new chair

From left to right: Carron Tobin (AITC Development Manager), David Currie, Calum Ross, Niall Macalister Hall, Gavin Dick, Iain Jurgensen, Andrew Wilson, Brian Keating and Fiona McPhail.
From left to right: Carron Tobin (AITC Development Manager), David Currie, Calum Ross, Niall Macalister Hall, Gavin Dick, Iain Jurgensen, Andrew Wilson, Brian Keating and Fiona McPhail.

Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative (AITC) has announced the appointment of Inveraray Jail’s prison governor as its new chair.

Gavin Dick has taken over from Connie Lovel, who also holds the post of Chief Executive of the Mount Stuart Trust, and is leaving the region after four years for pastures new.

Gavin’s appointment was agreed this afternoon (Thursday, September 11) at AITC’s annual general meeting, held at Portavadie.

Gavin has been involved with AITC – which works to raise awareness of the region as a top quality visitor destination – as a founding director since its inception in 2012.

His elevation to chair was welcomed by Connie Lovel, who said she was leaving the organisation in a very safe pair of hands.

“Gavin has more than 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry, and his knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to AITC throughout the journey to date,” she added.

“As with each of AITC’s directors, Gavin is totally committed to overseeing the promotion of Argyll and the Isles as a world class destination.

“The next few years promise to be a very exciting time for tourism in this region, with AITC having secured a significant funding package. A large proportion of this money will be used to further enhance and improve the support it offers to the many local tourism and marketing associations across Argyll and the Isles, each of which seeks to increase visitor numbers and the impact of tourism in its own area.

“Given his experience in various different parts of the tourism sector, both within Argyll and the Isles and further afield, Gavin is the ideal person to take the organisation forward and ensure that the money AITC invests continues to attract the biggest possible return for our local associations and their members.”

Gavin said he was delighted to take up the challenge of chairing an organisation with such a pivotal role in the future of the region.

“We’re extremely fortunate in that Argyll and the Isles is the envy of much of the rest of Scotland and beyond because of its incredible natural beauty and diversity,” he said.

“That gives the AITC and the many local organisations it represents a rock solid foundation on which to continue to build a successful and sustainable tourism industry.

“It’s our job to ensure that Argyll and the Isles makes the most of the fantastic opportunities we have - not only in terms of ensuring as many people as possible know about what we have to offer, but also that they then come and experience it for themselves.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow AITC directors in a bid to make the most of existing opportunities and identifying and nurturing new ones. It’s a challenge we relish, and we’re excited about where the next few years might take us.”

AITC also welcomed four new directors onto the board: Paul Graham representing Visit Islay and Jura, Brian Keating for Visit Helensburgh, Niall Macalister Hall replaces Peter Stogdale, who has retired from AITC at the September AGM, for Explore Kintyre and Gigha, and Chrissie Fleming who represents Visit Cowal.