Top Tourism Leader with ‘Great Potential’ Joins Board


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Big Boost to Welcome to Yorkshire as Top Tourism Leader with ‘Great Potential’ Joins Board

Welcome to Yorkshire has appointed, York-based Great Potential owner, John Gallery as its latest non-executive director.

A long-standing member of Welcome to Yorkshire’s PSMG (Private Sector Members Group), with vast experience in the Yorkshire tourism sector, working with independent hotels and venues across the county, John offers strategic marketing, management consultancy services, leadership advice, mentoring, as well as time spent in successful sales and public relation roles. Working for over 25 years as a hotel manager, including 12 years at the helm of York’s popular Marriott Hotel, John is a past chairman of VisitYork and is often seen out and about in York as a voluntary city tour guide. As screen tourism continues to boom, since 2012 John has been involved in the development of the World of James Herriot in Thirsk and joined its board as marketing director in January 2021, becoming the Herriot Country Tourism Group chairman in 2020.

John Gallery said: “It’s a great pleasure and honour to be joining the Welcome to Yorkshire board. The county has played a major part in my career and I’m incredibly passionate about Yorkshire and its tourism sector. I’m very much looking forward to sharing my expertise and to promoting the region, not only as a place to visit, but to live, work and study. It’s been a tough time for many brilliant businesses and particularly tourism, now’s the time to surge forward and to support and shout about a sector with much to offer on the world stage.”

Pre-pandemic tourism in Yorkshire was worth a staggering £9bn to the county’s economy and employed almost 225,000 people.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chair Peter Box said: “John’s excellent experience, vast contacts within the tourism sector and enthusiasm for all things Yorkshire means he’ll be a great asset and a brilliant addition to the team. He brings a huge skill set and vision, plus a real passion for the role. We’re delighted to welcome John on board to continue Welcome to Yorkshire’s creative strategy and to be part of its many inspiring initiatives going forward.”


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