Friday September 30, 2016
Christopher Rodrigues CBE, chairman of VisitBritain, was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Tourism Society this month at a lunch organised by the Society’s Tourism Consultants Network (TCN).
Tourism Society President Lord Thurso opened proceedings with an entertaining insight into Rodrigues’ career across different businesses and then presented him with a Fellowship of the Society. Speaking after the lunch, Rodrigues enlightened his audience on the real business, and amusing, experiences across his career. “Front end engagement” he said “is the basis of success in the travel business”. Christopher is Chair of VisitBritain and has recently been appointed as Chairman of the British Council and also the Port of London Authority. He is a Trustee of the National Trust and was Group Chief Executive of Bradford and Bingley. He is also former President and CEO of Visa International and Thomas Cook. He famously rowed in the victorious Cambridge crew in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races and remains associated with rowing.
Hayley Beer-Gamage, chairman of the Tourism Society, commented: “Christopher Rodrigues has overseen a very successful period during his time at VisitBritain, which included a fantastic Olympics and Paralympics, and it is right that the Society has recognised his work through presenting this honorary Fellowship.”
This was TCN’s 6th Fellowship lunch to honour high achievers in UK tourism, following awards to Clive Jacobs, Peter Long, Simon Calder, Liz Terry MBE and Chris Browne OBE.