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York's Tourism Boss Steps Down

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8:11am 4th April 2013

Visit York, the city’s official tourism organisation, has announced that its Chief Executive, Gillian Cruddas MBE, will step down from her position on 31 October.  Gillian has spent over thirty years working in the tourism sector, getting her first taste of the industry on the ski slopes of the Alps in the 1980s and collecting an MBE for services to tourism in York in 2010.  During her time with Visit York she has been instrumental in winning numerous accolades for the city including European City of the Year. 

Prior to York, Gillian worked for Hull City Council as a Tourism Officer and was responsible for setting up Hull Conference Bureau.  Other tourism work included promoting the DFDS sea routes as Area Sales Manager for the North East and working in Italy and France as a Ski Tours Manager for Cairngorm Travel.  A spell as a Hotel Manager in the Scottish Highlands and an Air Stewardess for Air UK created her initial interest in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Gillian said, ‘I’ve been fortunate to hold one of the best jobs in tourism and it has been a real privilege to have worked for eighteen years promoting this beautiful city.  There have been so many highlights such as Royal Ascot in York, collecting the European City of the Year award in Athens, launching our Stay Longer campaign with Sir Richard Branson and opening our new state of the art Visitor Centre.

I’m looking forward now to exploring new challenges and would like to thank all of those businesses in the city who’ve worked with me and our expert tourism team to develop York as an internationally renowned quality brand.  We are now in the fortunate position that destinations across the globe look to Visit York for tourism advice.  Visit York will continue to push new boundaries to ensure York punches above its weight.’ 

Jane Lady Gibson said, ‘York’s tourism sector has gone from strength to strength under Gillian’s dynamic leadership.  We are currently in the process of consulting with the travel trade, our visitors, our members and residents on key priorities for the future and how we make tourism even more successful. All of this work will continue to develop with the valued support of York’s tourism businesses and the City of York Council.’ 

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