VisitScotland launch search for new chair

VisitScotland has begun its search for a new chairman to head the organisation’s billion pound tourism industry around the world.

The new chair will be tasked with driving the strategic direction of Scotland’s tourism industry which generated more than £12bn last year alone.

The role will also involve collaborating with key stakeholders and providing advice and guidance to Scottish ministers who will ultimately decide on issues regarding the tourism industry.

In the ad for the position, the Scottish Government says the role will require “leadership skills, networking, corporate governance and communication, along with an understanding of the tourism sector”.

Current chairman Mike Cantlay, is due to step down on 31 March 2016 after 6 years. He said the organisation is “looking for someone with real vision, expertise and enthusiasm to drive Scottish tourism forward in what is a challenging and competitive marketplace.”

Cantlay described his time as chairman as “incredible” and held up working with Disney to create Brave as a particular highlight.

He said the "person chosen to take over my postion as chair of VisitScotland will be one of the "luckiest around - as this really is the best job in the world".

The position is for a three year period in which time the chair will be responsible for leading a board of eight people. The success of promoting Scotland as a brand around the world is a billion pound industry which employees around 200, 000 people across Scotland.

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