TSE appoints new CEO

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TSE appoints new CEO

Tourism South East has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Fran Downton, previously Head of Marketing at the successful regional tourism organisation, will take up the post from 1st February 2020. Fran brings with her a wealth of tourism experience from previous roles with P&O Ferries and the City of Portsmouth. Fran has a degree in Leisure Management, Diplomas in Travel and Tourism and Marketing and a proven track record in leading an award- winning service.


PRESS RELEASE - 22 January 2020

Tourism South East has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Fran Downton, previously Head of Marketing at the successful regional tourism organisation, will take up the post from 1st February 2020. Fran brings with her a wealth of tourism experience from previous roles with P&O Ferries and the City of Portsmouth. Fran has a degree in Leisure Management, Diplomas in Travel and Tourism and Marketing and a proven track record in leading an award- winning service.


Tourism South East is one of the oldest and strongest tourism support organisations in the UK. The regional Tourist Board became a not-for-profit industry organisation in 2012 following the closure of the Regional Development Agencies. The highly experienced partnership organisation is dedicated to providing specialised tourism services and expertise to support the performance and growth of tourism businesses and destinations.


“As a passionate advocate of tourism and the diverse offering within the South East region, I am pleased to be able to bring a vast understanding of the industry to the role in support of taking the business forward,” says Fran Downton. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a positive difference. In a challenging political and environmental climate, it is important to ensure that the tourism industry is strategically placed to deliver economic and sustainable growth”.


“I know that Fran is absolutely committed to delivering top tourism support services to members and destination partners. She has an exciting vision for the future continuing to provide the very best research, training, marketing and visitor services to promote tourism growth in this valuable global market,” says Mark Smith, Chairman Board of Trustees, Tourism South East.


As Head of Marketing, Fran has played a major role in successfully running Tourism South East over the past 14 months having provided strategic support in the absence of former Chief Executive, Nigel Smith, who has stepped down from the role for health reasons.


The Tourism South East consumer brand, The Beautiful South, is a comprehensive service providing the latest information on tourism in the South East. In addition, the brand runs the prestigious Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.


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Notes to Editors

 

  • Tourism South East is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide services and expertise that supports the performance and growth of tourism businesses and destinations in the South East region. www.visitsoutheastengland.com
  • The Beautiful South tourist web site recorded 2.3m unique monthly views in 2019.
  • The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2019/20 recognised 80 of the very best tourism businesses and experiences in the South East who were presented with gold, silver and trophies at a ceremony hosted by Simon Calder, travel journalist and broadcaster. The Beautiful South Tourism Awards are run in partnership with Services for Tourism Ltd. www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk  Regional winners of the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence are automatically entered to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence. www.visitbritain.org
  • In the 12 months to the end of August 2019, the UK received 6% more leisure visitors than the previous years with total visitation up 2% at 38.3m visits, and overall spending growing by a modest 1% to £23.6bn. Source: UK Inbound. www.ukinbound.org


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