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David Curtis-Brignell

Visit Kent
Deputy Chief Executive
David’s travel and tourism career began in local government working in British resorts after which he spent nine years at the English Tourist Board before moving into the commercial world. He has held senior positions in global international hotel companies (in both marketing and development), travel and tour operators.

In 2015 he was invited to work with Visit Kent to set up the new Destination Management Organisation (DMO) Visit Herts. He is now Deputy Chief Executive for the Go To Places group, formed to enable working in both counties and beyond. The group offers consultancy and research including Destination Management Plans for towns, cities and counties, new product development and off-the shelf programmes such as “The Big Weekend”.

In an environment where local authority finances are stretched, Go To Places offers outsourcing as an alternative to cutting or closing activity to support the visitor economy. The model works due to the economies of scale which can be spread across all destinations.

David uniquely served two terms as Chairman of The Tourism Society. He has chaired VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week Steering Group since it started and is a frequent contributor to publications and industry speaker.