Prior to that, from 2013, he was Executive Director of Tourism of New York State, leading the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK program. During his tenure with I LOVE NEW YORK, New York’s tourism industry reached record heights increasing visitation by nearly 40 million and eclipsing $100 billion in total economic impact for the first time in the program’s history.
Gavin has held a number of senior roles in the travel industry - he ran commercial hotels across America and headed a Destination Marketing Organization in Saratoga Springs, NY for a dozen years.
Gavin is a graduate of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at a prestigious Ivy League university, Cornell University, and he has received accolades from the New York State Tourism Industry Association and from New York University.
He was appointed International Director in January 2023, overseeing all our international operations. He will lead our overseas network to build partnerships and relationships with local trade to ensure Britain is sold, with the media to deliver high value coverage for Britain, and with the FCDO to ensure tourism is central to broader Government messaging.
Read our market snapshots to find out more about these important source markets for inbound tourism to Britain or find out more about our overseas network.