Inaugural chair for Edinburgh CVB

Debbie Taylor has been appointed as the first person to chair the Board of Edinburgh Convention Bureau Ltd. Taylor, General Manager of the Balmoral Hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, was appointed at the first full Board meeting of the company which was recently established to market Scotland’s capital as a world class business tourism destination. She was named by the RAC as Hotelier of the Year in its prestigious RAC Stars Awards which recognise individuals in the UK and Ireland hotel industry who have demonstrated dedication, commitment and a unique quality that makes them stand out from their peers. Announcing the appointment, Sue Stuart, Chief Executive of ECB, said: "I am delighted to welcome Debbie as the first Chair of our Board. She is a highly talented and knowledgeable tourism industry professional whose business expertise and acumen will be invaluable in helping guide the development of our company." "Debbie shares our commitment to the pursuit of excellence and ensuring business tourism visitors to our capital city and country enjoy a five star experience that will encourage them to return. I look forward to working with her and all our Board members in delivering a service that will enhance Edinburgh’s reputation as a business tourism destination of distinction." Commenting on her appointment, Debbie Taylor, said: "It’s a privilege to be given the inaugural appointment to Chair the Board of Edinburgh Convention Bureau Limited. I know how important the niche market of business tourism is to the city’s economy and international reputation as a visitor destination. I’m also aware of how competitive this area of our industry has become and the absolute necessity for everyone to work as a team in order to promote Edinburgh’s unique qualities of heritage and environment allied to excellence of service and facilities." She added: "We can’t afford to stand still and that’s why the planned improvements to the city centre and beyond are so important. A static city will become a museum to its past, when the 21st century visitor demands a dynamic, modern culture. The combination of history, setting and dynamism is what will continue to give the ECB the edge over its competitor cities and I’m excited by the challenge." Vice-Chair of the 11 member Board is Councillor Donald Wilson, of City of Edinburgh Council who is Executive Member for Modernising Government.

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