Cumbria Tourism is paying tribute its former Managing Director, Ian Stephens, after he was presented with a special ‘Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria’ award at the In-Cumbria Business Awards 2017.

This prestigious accolade is given to someone who has had a significant and positive impact on the Cumbrian business community over a period of years.

Ian stepped down from his role at Cumbria Tourism this summer, after working in the tourism and leisure sector for almost 30 years in a number of operational and leadership roles. He became Chief Executive of Cumbria Tourism in 2005, and was formerly the organisation’s Deputy Chief Executive and Operations Director.

During his time at Cumbria Tourism, he played a pivotal role in various marketing campaigns such as The Place to Be, Taste Cumbria and Adventure Capital. He was also heavily involved in crisis management around issues such as Foot and Mouth recovery and flood recovery.

Cumbria Tourism’s current Managing Director, Gill Haigh, says, “We are all so proud of Ian and thank him for all he has given and continues to give Cumbria Tourism, the tourism sector and the county. Ian has created a lasting legacy and the team here are CT are committed to ensuring we build on this good work and continue to drive forward our vital £2.72billion visitor economy.”

Notes to Editors:
Cumbria Tourism is the county’s official Destination Management Organisation and is at the heart of the Cumbria Visitor Economy. It is also the largest membership organisation in Cumbria with more than 2,500 members. In 2016, 45 million people visited Cumbria, contributing more than £2.72 billion to the local economy and supporting around 62,000 jobs.
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