ITIC Elects Maurice Pratt As It's New Chairman
At the AGM of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), Maurice Pratt was unanimously elected by ITIC Council members as their incoming Chairman to serve a 2 year term. Maurice thus becomes the 18th Chair of ITIC since its foundation in 1984 and he replaces Paul Gallagher.
ITIC is the umbrella group for tourism business interests in Ireland representing airlines, hotels, tour operators, restaurants and airports amongst others as well as public sector tourism stakeholders and tourism state agencies. Maurice is currently Chairman of B&B Ireland and has a significant tourism background including a stint as director of Tourism Ireland. His business knowledge is in—depth and varied having been CEO of both Tesco Ireland and C&C and he is currently chairman of Uniphar Group plc and children’s charity Barretstown. Maurice assumes the role of Chairman of ITIC at a key time for the industry in light of Brexit challenges and on his election to the position said: “Tourism has performed extremely well in recent years and is now Ireland’s largest indigenous sector by employment. It is one of the few industries that can provide regional balance and jobs in all parts of the country and has great potential for the country. However tourism is notoriously vulnerable to external factors and Brexit is a real challenge for the sector that will need to be managed carefully. ITIC has a fundamental role in advocating that pro-tourism policies are pursued and appropriate investment strategies are implemented”.
Maurice paid tribute to his predecessor Paul Gallagher and noted that, during Paul’s stewardship, ITIC led the way on key issues from the necessary Brexit policy response to Dublin’s accommodation shortfall and the industry’s voice has been strong and consistent with the profile of the sector elevated to a new level. Maurice has committed ITIC during his term to developing an industry-led strategy for sectoral growth: “This year the ITIC Executive and Board will develop a new strategy for our sector to 2025 – we envisage this to be ambitious for Irish tourism with stretching goals and aspirations. Our aim is that this strategy will be industry-led, Government-enabled and agency-supported. Given the right environment and remaining competitive I am confident that tourism can grow its value, volume and contribution to the economy over the coming decade.” Maurice will serve a 2 year term and at the AGM Ruth Andrews, of the Incoming Tour Operators Association, was elected Deputy Chair of ITIC.