In the UK, there are many organisations that either lobby the Government on behalf of the tourism industry or work to improve the industry that we work closely with. These are the main players that we work with.
Alistair Handyside MBE
Alistair is the Executive Chair of the Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK (PASC UK). He owns the award winning Higher Wiscombe holiday cottages with his wife Lorna. In 2020/21, Higher Wiscombe won Best Self Catering in both the Visit Devon Tourism Awards and at the SW Tourism Excellence Awards and have previously won Gold twice at the Visit England National Tourism.
Alistair was instrumental in the successful establishment of the SW Tourism Alliance, which he also Chairs, believing a unified voice for the South West was critical when lobbying for the region, and that some key services could be maintained by the private sector. Alistair is also the former Chairman of the South West Coast Path, is the former Chair and now a non-exec Director of Premier Cottages, a Director at the national Tourism Alliance and Vice Chairman of the East Devon AONB.
Alistair was awarded the MBE in the June 2018 Queens Honours list for services to tourism in the South West.
Robert is the Development Director at SuperControl, the Property Management System and Channel Manager for self-catering accommodation businesses in the UK and 50+ countries worldwide.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural College in 1995, he took on three family-run holiday cottages with his wife Melinda. In just 3 years their non-agency on-line marketing strategy grew the business to 90% occupancy. Robert and Melinda then went on to start SuperWebs web design and SEO agency in 1999 before launching SuperControl in 2007. Today, SuperControl has more than 2,000 clients, including the owners and property managers of more than 35,000 cottages, villas, caravan parks, glampsites, canal boats, yurts, campervans and more. SuperControl continues to grow.
Robert is a long-term board member of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers and the Professional Association of Self-Caterers as well as an active participant in the European Holiday Homes Association.
Graham has spent 50 years in the international hospitality, tourism and well-ness industries. His roles have included: Deloitte Partner responsible for tourism consulting; Strategy Adviser to the World Travel & Tourism Council; Consultant to the United Nations World Tourism Organization; Chairman of The Tourism Society and British Consultants Bureau Tourism & Leisure Group; Special Adviser to a House of Lords tourism committee; board member of the Institute of Tourism Guiding and the Holiday Home Association.
He has lobbied for reduced VAT on tourism for 28 years and founded the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign, which he still chairs. He owns Cossington Park, a 5-star Gold Award self-catering business in Somerset, and runs a self-catering operation in the south of France.
Graham is also an executive and business coach and co-founded All Being Well Ltd in 1999.
After a 20-year career in investment banking in the City of London, Beth finally saw the light and moved to Cornwall. With husband Hugh, she established the multi-award winning Kernock Cottages in South East Cornwall, which has won Gold in both the Cornwall and the South West Awards for both dog-friendly business of the year and accessible tourism, as well as awards for sustainable tourism and self-catering provider of the year.
Beth is also the Chair and Marketing Director for Premier Cottages, a membership cooperative for independent operators of luxury graded self-catering accommodation around the UK, who get together to jointly promote themselves, while maintaining independence from the agency sector. She is also an Ambassador for Cornwall, and a passionate promoter of accessible tourism. For a number of years, she has also been a judge in the regional tourism awards in the South West.
After graduating with a 1st Class Masters in Public Policy, Kurt was employed by the Department of Conservation and then the New Zealand Tourist Board, working national and regional tourism strategy. He moving to Britain in 1997 to work for VisitBritain as Head of Strategic Planning with responsibility for Policy, Strategy, Business Planning and Marketing Evaluation.
Kurt left VisitBritain in 2004 to become the Director of the Tourism Alliance, an umbrella trade association for the tourism and hospitality sector that comprises over 65 industry associations that together represent almost 200,000 UK businesses. The core role of the Tourism Alliance is to lobby Government on issues that support the development of the UK tourism industry. He is a member of several Government advisory groups including the Tourism Industry Council and HMRC’s SMEOF, has written VisitEngland’s “Pink Book” on accommodation legislation since 1999.
He is a Fellow of the Tourism Management Institute and the Association of Tourism in Higher Education.
With over 20 years’ experience of ownership and operation of self-catering operations, both large and small, Harvey Bailey has a wealth of experience of the self-catering industry.
His background is from the much wider leisure and tourism base, having been a local government officer with responsibility for tourism, marketing, leisure, entertainments, events, theatre, museums and sports.
Previously Harvey was a long-standing Council Member of EASCO and was Chair for many years. Harvey also has broad experience of membership organisations on a national and local level, these include roles with
The English Tourist Board, South West Tourism (West Country Tourist board), the Tourism Alliance, the South West Film Commission, the BHA, and the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and many more.