An Isle of Wight local who heads up a tourism marketing company specialising in promoting tropical island paradises has been appointed as the new chairman of Visit Isle of Wight.
Ian Griffiths takes the helm of the island’s destination management organisation, following a unanimous resolution of the Visit Isle of Wight board.
His role as chairman is to oversee the work of the organisation and to help promote the work that it does.
Griffiths lived on the Isle of Wight as a teenager, working in hotels during summer holidays, before moving off and setting up Ocean Marketing, specialists in promoting island destinations in the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific.
Now he is back living full time on the Island, he says he looks forward to taking on the role of chairman, left vacant following the retirement of Simon Dabell last year.
Griffiths said: “I have been keen to be involved in Isle of Wight Tourism for a number of years and was excited to see the chairman’s position come available, and over the moon to actually get the job.
“I’m particularly keen to engage with Wight BID levy payers and tourism businesses, to help them make the most of the opportunities that are available to them and to engage in the marketing of the island.
“We have a highly skilled and experienced team at Visit Isle of Wight and I am very looking forward to working with them going forward.”